The Modernisation of the Republic of Korea Navy

Seapower, Strategy and Politics

  • Ian Bowers

Part of the Critical Studies of the Asia-Pacific book series (CSAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 205-239

About this book


This book sheds light on one of the most under-studied but powerful navies in the world. Using a multifaceted approach, it examines how the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) has sought to transform itself from a coastal naval force focused solely on deterring North Korea to a navy capable of operating in the blue waters of East Asia and beyond. The project argues that peninsular and regional security dynamics, technological developments, the US-South Korea alliance and internal politics combine to inform and shape ROKN modernisation.  

Ian Bowers is Associate Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Oslo, Norway.


Republic of Korea Navy ROKN Maritime Studies Modernisation US-South Korea alliance East Asia Defence Studies Navy North Korea Military Studies Security Studies China naval modernisation Korean Peninsula South Korean security policy regional security dynamics peninsular security dynamics Naval Identity political studies asian politics

Authors and affiliations

  • Ian Bowers
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Institute for Defence StudiesOsloNorway

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