Soho-class frigate

The Soho-class frigates are a class of naval warship currently in use by North Korea. The warships use a twin-hulled design, which is unusual for a country such as North Korea. There is only one ship in the class, making it likely that the ship is purely experimental.

In 2014 it was reported that the ship was retired and scrapped in 2009, however the new light helicopter-carrier frigate of Nampo-class has been designed as its replacement.

Soho-class frigate
Class Ship
Type Frigate
Manufacturer Najin Shipyards
Origin Korea
Country Name Origin Year
Korea 1982
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Korea 1982 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Najin Shipyards 1 View

Class overview
Name: Soho
Builders: Najin Shipyards
Operators:  Korean People's Navy
In commission: 1982-?
Building: ?
Planned: Unknown
Completed: 1
Retired: 1
General characteristics (as per Janes)
Type: Twin-hulled frigate
Displacement: 1640 tons full load
Length: 73.8m
Beam: 15.5m
Draught: 3.8m
Propulsion: Unknown
Speed: 23 kts
Range: Unknown
Complement: 190
Sensors and
processing systems:
Surface search - Square Tie
Fire control - Drum Tilt
Stag horn sonar; hull-mounted active search/attack
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
China RW-23 Jug Pair (Watch Dog)ESM
Armament: Missiles
four CSS-N-2 SSM;
One 100mm/56;
four 37mm/63 (2 twin);
four 25mm/60 (2 twin);
Anti-submarine mortars
Two RBU 1200 5-tube fixed launchers
Armour: Light
Aircraft carried: None?
Aviation facilities: landing platform for medium helicopter, no visible hangar
Notes: Twin-hulled design; continuous maindeck from stem to sternShips in class include: Experimental - only one built, Pennant number 823

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