The South Korean Navy will launch its third Aegis guided missile destroyer, Yu Seong-ryong, this month.

The new warship of the 7,600t KDX-III King Sejong the Great Class of destroyers is equipped with air defence, land attack, anti-shipping, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

The ship is also armed with a wide range of US, European and Korean weapons and missile systems along with the Aegis combat system.

The South Korean Navy is planning to form strategic mobile squadrons which will include all three KDX-III warships to secure its maritime borders and conduct blue-water operations.

The new ship, built by Hyundai, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2012.

The first and second destroyers were commissioned in 2008 and 2010 respectively.