ROKS Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong (DDG-993) is a formidable warship from South Korea, part of the Sejong-class, consisting of six ships designed for multi-mission capabilities. These destroyers are a crucial component of the South Korean Navy's frontline forces, capable of engaging air, land, sea, and underwater targets effectively. While they share some similarities with the U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke class, the Sejong-class ships are larger and more akin to cruisers in terms of their capabilities.
Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong is one of the vessels in the second batch of this class, which complements other ship classes in the South Korean Navy, including the helicopter-focused Chungmugong Yi Sunshin class and the older Kwanggaeto the Great class. These ships are a product of the Korea Destroyer Experiment (KDX) program, which aims to modernize the Navy's capabilities and offers various destroyer types for different mission requirements.
With impressive dimensions and a powerful propulsion system driven by four General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, Seoae Ryu Seong-ryong can reach speeds exceeding 30 knots and cover a range of about 6,300 miles. This warship significantly bolsters South Korea's naval strength and plays a vital role in addressing regional security challenges, particularly from neighboring nations like North Korea and China.
Years of Service: 2012
Origins: South Korea
Made by: Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Korea
Class: Sejong Master Class
Maritime bombardment/attack of surface targets/areas primarily through ship-based ballistic weapons.
Littoral attacks against surface targets primarily through ship-based missiles/missile weapons.
Active patrolling of critical waterways and sea areas; also serves as a local deterrent against air and maritime threats.
Neutralization or deterrence of flying elements by airborne missile weapon ballistics.
Provide support (fire or materiel) to major surface fleets in blue water environments.
Airborne systems warn and protect ships from airborne and low-altitude ballistic and/or missile threats.
On the horizon
The ship is granted over-the-horizon combat capability, usually provided by a launched fixed-wing/rotary-wing aircraft.
The ship supports long-range missile launches to air, sea or land-based targets; typical of modern design.
Able to launch torpedoes at distant targets.
Capable of launching missile salvos against submarine threats.
Length: 544.6ft (165.99m)
Ray: 70.2 feet (21.40m)
Draft: 20.5 feet (6.25m)
Shift: 8,500 t
Installed Power: COGAG (Combined Gas and Gas): 4 General Electric LM2500 gas turbines rated at 100,000 hp driving 2 shafts.
Surface Velocity: 31.5 (36.2 km/h)
Area: 5,475nm (6,300 miles | 10,139 kilometers)
1 x 5" (127 mm) /L62 caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 with turret deck gun (foredeck).
1 x 80 cell Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) and SM- 2 x IIIB/IV Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM).
1 x 48 cells K-VLS and K-ASROC (Anti-Submarine Rockets) Red Shark or Hyunmoo III SAM 16 x SSM - 700,000 Sea City anti-ship missile (ASM).
2 triple torpedo tubes to support K745 Blue Shark series torpedoes.
1 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 1 SAM launcher. 1 30mm Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
1 or 2 medium naval helicopters, launched/towed from aft helipad; supported by integrated hangar structure; usually equipped with AgustaWestland Super for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations Lynx" or Sikorksy SH-60 "Seahawk" type.