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Why does South Korea want a blue-water navy?

Last month, amidst great fanfare, China officially launched its second aircraft carrier, the 43,000-ton Shandong – the first of these big beasts to be built in a Chinese shipyard. At the same time, South Korea launched its second carrier, the ROKN Marado, which drew considerably less attention. The 18,000 ton Marado was officially listed as an amphibious […]