Nov. 10 (UPI) — South Korea held a ceremony for a brand new 3,000-ton submarine able to launching ballistic missiles.

Seoul’s protection chief Suh Wook mentioned Tuesday the diesel-powered submarine brings pleasure to the South’s army and pays tribute to Korea’s independence fighters who died throughout Japan’s colonial occupation of the peninsula, JoongAng Ilbo reported.

The brand new submarine is known as after Ahn Mu, a Korean basic in pre-colonial Korea, who was executed by Japanese police in 1924, after main the Battle of Bongo-dong and Cheongsan-ri in 1920. Korea noticed the 100th anniversary of the armed battle between the Korean independence militias and the Japanese Military in Manchuria this yr.

Suh mentioned Tuesday that he might “really feel the dignified spirit of the overall who commanded the Manchurian area 100 years in the past” on the launch. South Korean submarines commissioned after 2010 have been named after numerous anti-colonial fighters and martyrs, based on the JoongAng.

The South Korean protection minister additionally mentioned threats are rising on this planet’s seas, and that Seoul’s navy will probably be “reborn as a complicated ocean navy, with the following technology of Korean destroyers and a 4,000-ton submarine.”

The Ahn Mu is the second of three 3,000-ton-class submarines in a “Batch I” to be constructed by 2023, and may carry 50 crewmembers. The submarines are a part of a $2.77 billion undertaking that started in 2007, based on Yonhap on Tuesday.

The weapons are designed to protect in opposition to North Korea’s nuclear risk. Korea may be maintaining with developments in neighboring China and Japan, based on the JoongAng.

The Ahn Mu joins the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho, which was launched in 2018. The Dosan Ahn Chang-ho reached its most depth throughout sea trials in 2019, however the most dive depth for the submersible craft, constructed by Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering is assessed, based on Naval Information.