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REPUBLIC OF KOREA NAVY (SOUTH KOREA)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS AND CRAFT

GEUMGANGSAN coastal minesweepers (1942-1944/1947-1956)

Gwangju 1965

Gangneung 1965

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
금강산 <Geumgangsan> (ex-YMS354), later- 강진  <Gangjin> 501 Gibbs Gas Engine, Jacksonville, USA 1/1943 29/5/1943 11/1943 // 1947 BU 1959
경주 <Gyeongju> (ex-YMS358) 502 Robert Jacob, New York, USA 9/1942 22/3/1943 8/1943 // 1947 BU 1962
광주 <Gwangju> (ex-YMS413) 503 Bellingham Iron Wks, USA 1/1944 4/7/1944 10/1944 // 1947 stricken 1972
개성 <Gaeseong> (ex-BYMS2006, ex-BYMS6) 504 Wheeler SB, Whitestone, USA 11/1941 22/8/1942 9/1942 // 5/1947 BU 1959?
김해 <Gimhae> (ex-YMS356) 505 Gibbs Gas Engine, Jacksonville, USA 2/1943 6/9/1943 12/1943 // 1947 BU 1959?
강계 <Ganggye> (ex-YMS392) 506 Stadium, Cleveland, USA 11/1942 10/6/1943 10/1943 // 1947 BU 1959?
강릉 <Gangneung> (ex-YMS463) 507 Hiltebrant, Kingston, USA 5/1943 21/3/1944 7/1944 // 5/1947 BU 1959
강화 <Gangwha> (ex-YMS245) 508 Tacoma Boat, USA 10/1942 6/2/1943 7/1943 // 1947 went to North Korea 1949
가평 <Gapyeong> (ex-YMS220) 509 J. M. Martinac, Tacoma, USA 11/1942 6/3/1943 8/1943 // 8/1947 sunk 9/1950
강경 <Ganggyeong> (ex-YMS330) 510 Ballard, Seattle, USA 12/1942 27/3/1943 8/1943 // 4/1947 BU 1963
가야산 <Gayasan> (ex-YMS423) 511 Astoria Marine, USA 12/1943 5/8/1944 10/1944 // 1948 sunk 1949
구월산 <Guwolsan> (ex-YMS323) 512 Al Larson, Terminal I, USA 2/1943 15/7/1943 12/1943 // 8/1947 BU 1956
김천 <Gimcheon> (ex-BYMS2258, ex-YMS258) 513 Weaver SY, Orange, USA 10/1942 28/10/1943 2/1944 // 1948 BU 1968
길주 <Gilju> (ex-BYMS2005, ex-BYMS5) 514 Wheeler SB, Whitestone, USA 10/1941 17/8/1942 9/1942 // 5/1947 BU 1959
경산 <Gyeongsan> (ex-BYMS2018, ex-BYMS18) 515 Bellingham Marine, USA 7/1941 2/5/1942 7/1942 // 8/1947 wrecked 2/1948
운남 <Unnam> (ex-BYMS2055, ex-BYMS55), later-  고령  <Goryeong> 515 Westerguard Boat Works, Biloxi, USA 4/1942 7/12/1942 5/1943 // 2/1948 BU 1959
공주 <Gonju> (ex-BYMS2148, ex-BYMS148, ex-YMS148) 516 Western Boatbuilding, San Diego, USA 6/1942 29/11/1942 5/1943 // 1/1947 sunk 10/1950
고원 <Gowon> (ex-YMS473) 517 Harbor Boat, Terminal I, USA 5/1943 22/4/1944 8/1944 // 7/1947 went to North Korea 1948
용광 <Yongkwang> (ex-BYMS2008, ex-BYMS8), later- 고성  <Goseong> 518 Wheeler SB, Whitestone, USA 11/1941 7/9/1942 10/1942 // 5/1947 BU 1955
금화 <Geumhwa> (ex-Curlew, ex-YMS218) 519 J. M. Martinac, Tacoma, USA 7/1942 23/12/1942 6/1943 // 1/1956 stricken 1977
김포 <Gimpo> (ex-Kite, ex-YMS374) 520 Weaver, Orange, USA 1/1943 17/2/1944 5/1944 // 1/1956 stricken 1977
고창 <Gochang> (ex-Mockingbird, ex-YMS419) 521 Henry C. Grebe, Chicago, USA 9/1943 23/3/1944 11/1944 // 1/1956 stricken 1977

 

Displacement standard, t

270

Displacement full, t

320

Length, m

39.6 wl 41.5 oa

Breadth, m

7.47

Draught, m

2.36 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 diesels

Power, h. p.

800

Max speed, kts

14

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm (kts)

2000 (12)

Armament

1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 20/21, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 4, 2 DCT, 2 DCR, sweeps (inc magnetic and acoustic)

Sensors

radar

Complement

60

Ship project history: Former USN wooden-hulled YMS type coastal minesweepers.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: Gangwha went to North Korea in 1949. Gapyeong was mined in September 1950. Gayasan was lost in 1949. Gyeongsan grounded and damaged beyond repair in February 1948. Gonju was mined in October 1950. Gowon went to North Korea in 1948.

Ivan Gogin, 2016