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South Korea launches new submarine

A conventional submarine, the first naval combat vessel in Korea named after a woman, has been launched in South Korea.

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Richard Tomkins
A South Korean Type-214 submarine. U.S. Nsvy photo by U.S. Navy Photo by MC1 Todd Macdonald.
A South Korean Type-214 submarine. U.S. Nsvy photo by U.S. Navy Photo by MC1 Todd Macdonald.

SEOUL, May 15 (UPI) -- Daewoo Shipbuilding Engineering has launched a Type 214 submarine for the South Korean Navy, the service's sixth submarine.

The ship is called the Yu Gwan Sun Ham, named after a woman who organized protests against Japanese rule over Korea and died in 1920.

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The submarine Yu Gwan Sun Ham is the first combat ship in the South Korean Navy named after a woman.

"With its unique invisibility and survivability, Yu Gwan Sun Ham is a national core strategic weapon as well as a symbol of a strong navy for obtaining maritime control," Defense Minister Han Min-koo said at the launching ceremony. "The navy should develop the fighting power of the submarine to protect the national interest and the ocean sovereignty as a rock, and have an elevated readiness posture."

Type214 submarines are diesel-electric vessels of German design. They have a length of 213 feet, a submerged speed of 20 knots and a tested depth of 702 feet.

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