S. Korea Deploys 2nd Aegis Destroyer
South Korea has put its second Aegis destroyer into service after nine months of test operations, reports said Friday.
The 7,600-ton KDX-III destroyer Yulgok Yi I, equipped with some 120 ship-to-ship and ship-to-air guided missiles and long-distance torpedoes, was deployed Wednesday, local media said citing navy officials.
It can accommodate 300 crew members, carry two mid-sized helicopters and cruise at a maximum speed of 30 knots, according to reports.
The Aegis-class destroyer, built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering, was named after a revered Confucian scholar from Korea's ancient Joseon Dynasty.
The first Aegis destroyer, Sejong the Great, was launched in 2008 as part of the country's naval buildup plan.