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ROKS Marado

ROKS Dokdo (LPH 6111) conducts well deck operations with U.S.Navy LCAC.jpg
ROKS Dokdo. By U.S. Navy. Public Domain.

South Korea has a new baby flattop!

Displacing 18,000 tons at full load, Marado can make 23 knots and carry 10 helicopters, as well as 720 marines and associated ground combat vehicles. Dokdo entered service in 2007; Marado should join the ROKN by 2020. A planned third ship was reportedly cancelled.  With only short-range missile defenses (two Goalkeeper CIWS guns and one RIM-116 SAM launcher), Marado will rely on a support group of destroyer and frigates for defense.

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