June 03, 2023

ROK navy christens new Cheonan frigate 13 years after North Korean attack

New ship carries bigger guns and advanced anti-sub technology as ROK navy expands deterrence efforts at sea

The South Korean Navy has announced the return of ROKS Cheonan, a corvette sunk by a North Korean submarine torpedo in 2010, now reincarnated as a new, bigger frigate patrolling the Yellow Sea under the same name.

The new Cheonan (FFG-826) was commissioned Friday at Jinhae Naval Port near Busan. It is a 2,800-ton frigate, 1,800 tons heavier than its namesake.