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Adorable Baby Amphibs

BRP Tarlac off Sangley Point, Cavite.jpg

BRP Tarlac anchored off Sangley Point in Cavite in March 2019. By Lawrence Ruiz (Epi Fabonan III) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

The South Koreans are onto something, building small amphibious warfare ships for a bunch of different navies:

At the lower end sit the Makassar-class LPDs, modestly sized at 11,000 tons full displacement. Representing one of the first and best efforts at developing a cheap, on-the-go amphib for a discerning customer on a budget, the Makassars have been built in several countries to a South Korean design. With a robust shipbuilding industry, a strong international reputation on the arms export market, and an advanced technological base, South Korea was ideally positioned to take advantage of the burgeoning market in small amphibs. Shipyards around the world have laid down 10 of these small amphibs, with seven already in service. Customers include Indonesia, the Philippines, Peru, and Myanmar.  Two of the five Indonesian ships and the Myanmar ship were built in South Korea, with the others constructed in their home countries after technical assistance from and licensing agreements with the ROK.

Interesting stuff if you’re interested in naval procurement and force design.

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