Rolls-Royce To Supply Propulsion Equipment To The Republic of Korea Navy

Rolls-Royce has won an order to supply propulsion equipment for four new tugboats for the Republic of Korea (RoK) Navy. Each vessel will be equipped with two azimuth thrusters, designed and manufactured by Rolls-Royce. Azimuth thrusters are a configuration of a ship’s propeller that can rotate through 360 degrees on a vertical axis, providing greater manoeuvrability than a traditional propeller and rudder system.

Rolls-Royce Naval Sales Manager – North East Asia, John Yi said: “The Republic of Korea Navy continues its impressive program to renew its fleet, and I’m delighted that Rolls-Royce technology continues to play a key role in the modernization of the country’s naval capability.

“Our gas turbine technology has already proved a success on the KDX III destroyer program and this latest order broadens the range of products we are delivering to customers in Korea.” Lieutenant Commander, Lee Kwang Young, added: “The four tugboats will be built in the Hanook Shipyard, with the first due to enter service in 2011. We already operate 12 tug boats with Rolls-Royce azimuth Thrusters, meeting all our operational requirements.”

Rolls-Royce has been supplying the RoK Navy for more than 20 years and as the company’s marine product range has grown, so has the relationship with the Navy and Korea’s shipyards. In addition to the azimuth thrusters, the company already supplies gas turbines, propellers, water jets, bearings, lift systems and electrical control equipment to the RoK Navy.

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