ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111) is the lead ship of the Dokdo-class amphibious assault ships of the Republic of Korea Navy, launched on 12 July 2005 at the shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries & Constructions Co. in Busan. Presently Dokdo is the flagship and the largest vessel in the South Korean navy. Previously, this title was held by the 9,000-ton at-sea Underway Replenishment (UNREP) support vessel ROKS Cheonji.

ROKS Dokdo
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ROKS Dokdo (LPH-6111)
South Korea
Name: ROKS Dokdo
Namesake: Dokdo
Ordered: 28 October 2002
Builder: Hanjin Heavy Industries & Constructions Co., Busan, South Korea
Cost: $650 million
Launched: 12 July 2005
Completed: 2007
Commissioned: 3 July 2007
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship
Length: 199 m (653 ft)
Beam: 31 m (102 ft)
Draught: 7 m (23 ft)
Propulsion: 4 SEMT Pielstick 16 PC2.5 STC Diesel engine
  • 23 kn (43 km/h) maximum
  • 18 kn (33 km/h) cruising
Boats & landing
craft carried:
Capacity: Up to 200 vehicles
Troops: 720 marines, 6 tanks, 7 amphibious assault vehicles
Crew: 330[1]
Sensors and
processing systems:
SMART-L air search radar, MW08 surface search radar, AN/SPS-95K navigation radar, TACAN, VAMPIR-MB optronic sight
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
ESM/ECM:SLQ-200(v)5K SONATA, Chaff launcher
Armament: Two Goalkeeper CIWS, One RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile
Aircraft carried: Up to 15 helicopters (15 UH-60 Black Hawk or 10 SH-60F Ocean Hawk helicopters)


Dokdo during Operation Invincible Spirit

The name Dokdo comes from the Korean name for the Liancourt Rocks, called Takeshima in Japanese. The islets' ownership is disputed between Japan and South Korea.[2] ROKS Dokdo was commissioned into the ROK Navy on 3 July 2007.


In March 2010, Dokdo assisted in search and rescue operations after the sinking of ROKS Cheonan. In July, the ship took part in Operation Invincible Spirit, a joint alliance exercise.[3]


  1. ^ "Dokdo Class Landing Platform Helicopter (LPH)". Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Seoul and Tokyo hold island talks". BBC. 20 April 2006. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ "US to Use S. Korean Base to Project Power Against China?". 8 November 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2015.

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