Argentina will soon take delivery of a recently decommissioned South Korean frigate, according to local media.
The vessel is understood to have been launched in the 1980’s, almost 35 years ago.
An Argentine naval delegation is expected to travel to Jinhae naval base in the near future to take possession of the donated warship, said the South Korean military attache in Buenos Aires.
“The South Korean navy has started the documentation for the transfer of a decommissioned Ulsan Class frigate to the Argentine navy. A delegation of Argentine officers and crew members will be travelling to the South Korean base at Jinhae in the near future, according to Seoul’s military attaché in Buenos Aires Lieutenant Colonel Ho Lim”, according to local news outlet MercoPress.
The ship is one of four Ulsan-class frigates that was recently decommissioned by the South Korean navy.
The Ulsan class is a light frigate built by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. The frigates are 103.7 metres in length with top speed of 34 knots and range of 8,000 nautical miles at 16 knots.
Typical armament when the class was in service includes eight Harpoon missiles in two quadruple launchers, six 324mm Blue Shark torpedoes in two triple tubes as well as two Otobreda 76mm guns and three Otobreda 40mm Close in Weapon Systems.
However, local media report that the frigate is to be delivered with only two 76mm cannons and four 30mm. Missiles and torpedoes launchers will be removed. Leaving the vessel to function primarily as an Offshore Patrol Vessel.