Guided missile destroyer ROKS Yang Man-chun (DDH-973)

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Basic information

Country of build:
Commissioned (service):

Ship measurements

3,900 t
135.5 m
14.2 m
4.2 m


Propulsion system:
  • 2 * General Electric LM2500 Gas Turbines (58200 hp)
  • 2 * SsangYong Motor Company 20V 956 TB 82 Diesel Engines
  • 2 * shafts, 2 * controllable pitch propellers
30 knots
4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 18 kn (33 km/h; 21 mph)



Combat assets

  • AN/SPS-49(V) 2D air search radar
  • Signaal MW 08 surface search radar
  • Daewoo SPS-95k navigation radar
  • 2 * Signaal STIR 180 Fire control radars
  • ATLAS DSQS-21BZ Hull mounted sonar
  • SLQ-25 Nixie towed torpedo decoy
  • ARGOSystems AR 700 and APECS 2 ECM
  • 4 * CSEE DAGAIE MK 2 Chaff Launchers
  • 1 * OTO Melara 127 mm (5 inch)/54 gun
  • 2 * Signaal 30 mm Goalkeeper CIWS
  • 8 * Harpoon missile in quad canisters
  • 1 * Mk 48 Mod 2 VLS with 16 RIM-7P Sea Sparrow missiles
  • 2 * triple torpedo tubes for Mark 46 torpedo
  • 2 * Super Lynx helicopters

ROKS Yang Man-chun (DDH-973) is the third ship of the Gwangaetto the Great-class in the Republic of Korea Navy. She is named after Yang Man-chun.

The KDX-I was designed to replace the old destroyers in the ROKN that were transferred from the US Navy in the 1950s and 1960s. It was thought to be a major turning point for the ROKN in that the launching of the first KDX-I meant that ROKN finally had a capability to project power far from its shores. After the launching of the ship, there was a massive boom in South Korean international participation against piracy and military operations other than war.

ROKS Yang Man-chun was launched on 30 September 1998 by Daewoo Shipbuilding and commissioned on 29 June 2000.

ROKS Yang Man-chun and ROKS Munmu the Great participated in RIMPAC 2008 and they were part of USS Kitty Hawk's battle group.

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