South Korea sends two ships Hansando and Daecheong to visit India

According to information published by the Indian government on October 3, 2022, the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Cruise Training Task Group consisting of two naval ships, ROKS Hansando and ROKS Daecheong arrived in Chennai on a three-day visit.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Republic of Korea Navy's helicopter training ship Hansando. (Picture source: Indian government)

Rear Admiral Kang Dong-goo, Commander of Cruise Training Task Group along with Capt Ko Dae-jong, Commanding Officer ROKS Daecheong, Cdr Park Jin-sung, Commanding Officer ROKS Hansando, and other officials of the consulate of Korea had discussions with the Flag Officer Commanding Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Naval Area on matters of common interest.

During the visit, professional interactions and friendly sports activities are scheduled between the personnel of the Indian Navy and the ROK Navy. The goodwill visit strengthens the ties between the navies of the two nations. The task group led by Rear Admiral Kang Dong-goo is docked at Chennai port for a goodwill visit.

ROKS Daecheong (AOE-58) is the second ship of the Cheonji-class fast combat support ship (AOE) in the Republic of Korea Navy. ROKS Daecheong was launched in 1997 by Hyundai Heavy Industries and commissioned in November 1997.

About the Cheonji class 

The Cheonji-class fast combat support ship are fast combat support ships in service in the Republic of Korea Navy.

Cheonji-class ships are about 133 meters (436 ft 4 in) long, and 18 meters (59 ft 1 in) wide. It was the largest of the Korean Navy before the construction of the Dokdo class. They can load about 4,800 tons of cargo, excluding the ship's supply.

They are armed with one 20-millimetres (0.79 in) gun, one 40-millimetres (1.6 in) gun, and Device Automatic Gurre Anti-missile Infrared Electromagnetic device, providing self-defense against enemy ships.

Resupply systems are located both left and right, to supply two ships at once. At the stern, it is possible to resupply both Cheonji class and other ships by using UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The most distinctive feature is that it is highly adaptable and can transport supplies to ports without cargo handling facilities.