SHAH ALAM: The Joneses…Pohang class corvette. IT appears that the South Korean Pohang class corvette has or will become the standard type of these vessels for Asean navies, with three already in service with Vietnam (two) and the Philippines which already has one with another to be transferred soon.
Indonesian Navy will become the third operator of the Pohang class as media reports in the last week or so suggested that it will receive three corvettes within the next few years. South Korean media however reported only one will be transferred though. As there is still seven Pohang class ships with South Korean navy it is likely more will be transferred to other navies. At the moment, apart from the Asean navies, Peru (2), Colombia and Egyptian navies also operate the same ships.
The Pohang-class PCC (Patrol Combat Corvette) is the low-end complement of the high-low mix domestic naval construction plan of the Republic of Korea Navy under the 1st Yulgok Project (1974-1986) for the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. It was originally planned as a Batch II production of Donghae-class corvette, but many changes on overall design, notably applying the hull design of Ulsan-class frigate, reclassified the ship to its own class. The ship is designed for patrolling maritime border, including the Northern Limit Line, protecting the littoral zone, and combating the North Korean vessels.
Since 1984, a total of 24 Pohang-class corvettes commissioned in the Republic of Korea Navy. The decommission of the class started in 2009, and is being replaced with series of FFX program. As of 2022, 7 remain in service in the ROKN, and 7 were transferred to other navies.
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What this got to do with RMN then? Nothing much really but RMN may have been the first operator of the Pohang class corvette in Asean as South Korea offered one of the ships, if we decided to buy the Dokdo LHD back in 2012.
Of course that did not happened as the government then finally decided not to buy the LHD from South Korea. As of the moment, I have not heard of any new offer to transfer the corvette to Malaysia. To be honest, I am not sure whether RMN would accept it bearing in mind its long held skepticism of gas turbines, after its difficulties with Rahmat and Tuah. The Pohang class corvettes are equipped with a single GE LM2500 gas turbine and two MTU diesel engines.
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