Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin class destroyers are multipurpose destroyers of the Republic of Korea Navy. The lead ship of this class, ROKS Chungmugong Yi Sunsin, was launched in May 2002 and commissioned in December 2003. Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyers were the second class of ships to be produced in the Republic of Korea Navy’s destroyer mass-production program named Korean Destroyer eXperimental, which paved the way for the navy to become a blue-water navy. Six ships were launched by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in four years.
The ships have a 32-cell strike-length Mk 41 VLS for SM-2 Block IIIA area-air defence missiles, one 21-round RAM inner-layer defence missile launcher, one 30 mm Goalkeeper close-in weapon system, one Mk 45 Mod 4 127 mm gun, eight Harpoon anti-ship missiles and two triple 324 mm anti-submarine torpedo tubes. On the 4th unit, ROKS Wang Geon, the 32-cell Mk 41 VLS is moved to the left and an indigenous VLS named K-VLS is installed on the right. The ship’s forward part is spacious enough to take a 64-cell Mk 41 VLS.
The electronics suite includes one Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V)5 2D long-range radar (LRR), one Thales Nederland MW08 target indication 3D radar (TIR), two Thales Nederland STIR240 fire-control radars with OT-134A Continuous Wave Illumination (CWI) transmitters, an SLQ-200(V)K SONATA electronic warfare system and a KDCOM-II combat management system which is derived from the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate’s SSCS combat management system. BAE Systems WDS Mk 14 originally developed for the US Navy’s New Threat Upgrade evaluates threats, prioritizes them, and engages them in order with SM-2.
The lead ship in its class, Chungmugong Yi Sunshin (DDH-975), was launched in May 2002 and commissioned in November 2003. Munmu the Great (DDH-976) was launched in April 2003 and commissioned in September 2004. Dae Jo Yeong (DDH-977) was launched in November 2003 and commissioned in June 2005. Wang Geon (DDH-978) was launched in May 2005 and commissioned in November 2006. Kang Gam Chan (DDH-979) was launched in March 2006 and commissioned in October 2007. The final ship in the class, Choi Young (DDH-981), was launched in October 2006 and commissioned in September 2008.