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Nampo MLS-II

The mine is a rarely used powerfuk weapon in the world. The ROK Navy had already installed a mine-laying mine in 1997 for mine-laying and mine laying, but it had been in a state of no strategic significance since only the one ship had been deployed. However, as the naval power of the North changed gradually, the significance of the mine was emphasized again. On May 27, 2015, the MLS-570 ROKS Nampo was launched at Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The Korean Navy is characterized by requiring a similar level of armament to the escort even when laying mines . It has a weapon system that is not much different from Ulsan-class and Pohang-class except that it is equipped with 76mm and 40mm guns and torpedo tubes. The MLS-570 ROKS Nampo is armed with a 76mm guns, torpedo launchers, and air defense radar and 40mm guns such as used on frigates of the Incheon class. A new 3D mounted on frigate with the anti-aircraft radar, the radar tracking and K-VLS mounted to the haegung was armed to enable a sufficiently short distance defense missile. In addition, it adopts stealth design such as the 76mm gun turret.

It is equipped with mine-laying equipment like a hull in the lower part of the ship's flight deck. It is possible to place a large number of mines in a precise location in a short time. The amount of mine laying seems to be similar to that of Wonsan. It has a large helicopter and a helicopter hangar that was not found in Wonsan, so it can operate MH-53 class helicopter. One problem is that there is no helicopter. This is also a budget issue.

In many respects, this is a vessel with a performance comparable to that of a main battle ships, and it is also suggested that it should be put into dispatch for anti-piracy and escort missions. These are more important than the combat capabilities of the ship itself, which has more ueful long distance navigation and helicopter loading and handling capabilities. For this reason, there are cases where dispatching multi-purpose support ships such as LPD, not the main flagship, in the pratice in other countries. In fact, it seems to be a vessel designed specifically for multipurpose use.

It was originally expected to be delivered in 2016, but the commissioning is delayed when the Navy abandoned this plan in face of a larger issue. Hyundai Heavy Industries, which is responsible for this vessel, was expected to receive damages of around KRW 100 billion on submarines and landing ships. It was finally delivered to the navy on June 9, 2017, one year later than planned.

MLS-570 is a ship with a hull number that is rarely 0 in the Korean Navy. The Navy does not use 0 and 4 at the end of the Hull number after the Korean War, while 4 has avoided the use of the Jirisan ship (PC 704) during the Korean War, Only PCEC 50, Kirin box (LSM 610), and Kim (MSC 520) are used. Since then, the ship has been given the hull number 560, which is the succession of the ship.

The MLS-II Nampo is both HHI and Koreas second minelayer following MLS-560 Wonsan that was delivered in 1997 and are currently in operation. The MLS-II Nampo which can carry 120 crew measures 114 m in length, 17 m in width and 28 m in depth with a displacement of 3,000 tons. The next-generation stealth minelayer is specially built to lay a large number of mines precisely at the designated spots in a short period of time. The MLS-II Nampo is scheduled to be delivered to the Korean Navy by October 2016 after outfitting work, sea trials and final inspections.

Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the worlds biggest shipbuilder, announced 27 May 2015 it launched its second minelayer MLS-II Nampo for the Korean Navy. The launching ceremony of the MLS-II was attended by Mr. Baek Seung-joo, Vice Minister of National Defense of Republic of Korea; Mr. Kwon Oh-gap, President & CEO of HHI; and 100 other guests. HHI has been playing a key role in strengthening the defense capabilities of the Korean Navy by delivering a total of 71 naval ships including 12 frigates/patrol ships, 3 destroyers, 3 submarines, and 2 Aegis destroyers.

The ship is based on the Korean Navys Future Frigate Plan based on the "upgraded design", the purpose is to improve the ability of the Navy to "offensive mine" and "fast mine hunting". Currently there are 48 countries in the world with coastal mine-laying capabilities. There are 31 countries that can manufacture mines. The probability of a mine war in the field has increased greatly. The geographical environment of the peninsula is really suitable for medium and large mining. There are not many coastal sections where ships are docked. Once Incheon and important ports such as Busan are blocked by mines, operations will be extremely difficult.

Currently, there are the three major fleets of the South Korean Navy. The 2nd Fleet established the 521, 522 minesweeping Teams. In fact, built in the 1990s, "Yuanshan" should have two other sister ships, but because of the Korean Navy had to cut down during the Asian financial crisis, which cut off the construction of the remaining ships.

There are mine warehouses on both sides of the stern, equipped with movable handling and delivery device, one on each side of the stern. At the stern, the MLS II is equipped with a highly sophisticated mine-laying system that accurately lays more than 500 mines (depending on type) at the coordinates and depth of the target in a short period of time. There are eight openings and brackets at the stern, located below the helicopter deck for the deployment of various mines, including mooring mines, CAPTOR package mines, magnetic and acoustic mines.

Mines are placed in the hatch, and there are 3 mines in each door. Slide rails can be used to deliver hundreds of mines in a short period of time. In the Korean Navys arsenal, not only are stored traditional anchor mines, as well as more advanced self-propelled mines and "Quick Strike" mines, especially for use in shallow water. QuickStrike mine use (500 lbs MK62 Mines and 1000 lbs MK63 mines, installed with a variety of target detection device). In addition, the warehouse of the US military stationed in South Korea still some 2,000 lb. thin walled MK65 QuickStrike mines, which can support the Korean army at any time.

Unlike most mineboats, the MLS-II is equipped with a powerful set of weapons and sensors: the MLS-II is equipped with a full array of FFX frigates (first batch) sensor arrays and more advanced submarines and mine detection equipment and countermeasure kits. The MLS-II class ship is equipped with a vertical launch system on the top of the helicopter hangar. It can deploy a "sea bow" SAAM missile to provide air defense capability.

Two sets of Korean Mk32 Mod 5 torpedo launchers are equipped, one of them is a Korean-made Mk32 launcher manufactured by Hanwha Defense Systems for the LIG Nex1 K745 blue shark anti-submarine torpedo. Each ship is equipped with two sets of Rheinmetal Multilayer Ammunition Soft Kill System (MASS). The Nanpu class is also equipped with two LIG Nex1 SLQ-261K torpedo decoy bait (TACM) systems. The ship's main radar is the LIG Nex1 SPS-550K multi-beam 3D air-to-air search radar.




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