Amid increased tensions on the Korean peninsula, South Korea took delivery in June of the Nampo, an advanced minelaying vessel. The 375-foot warship, a major enhancement over the older Wonsan-class minelayer, was built at Ulsan and began sea trials this past summer in advance of her planned 2018 commissioning. Able to serve as flagship of their navy’s mine-warfare fleet, the 4,200-ton (full load) Nampo can transport and deploy some 500 mines. She also is fitted with a helicopter hangar and landing deck for medium-sized aircraft, as well as a four-cell Korean VLS system that can carry Red Shark ASROC missiles or quad-packed short-range SAMs for air defense. With a top speed of 23 knots, the Nampo is armed with a three-inch gun and will carry lightweight torpedoes and the multi-ammunition soft-kill decoy system for self defense. At least one additional sister is planned for service in the future.