South Korean media said North Korean warship sank after the submarine was in the vicinity
Data for: Romeo-class submarines
Korean Navy BEIJING, March 31 – According to South Korea, “Chosun Ilbo” reports, South Korean warships “Tian An” explosion sank on the 26th, the North Korean submarine incident in the distance is not paekyong far away and then return to base for submarine base. At present, the cause of the sinking of Cheonan, it was suggested that North Korean submarine or semi-submarine with a torpedo or mine attack possibilities.
30 South Korean government source said: “It is reported that, after the sinking of Cheonan, the U.S. spy satellite photos and other data for precise analysis found that, on the 26th after the North Korean submarines (submarine and a half) away from the white Ling Island North Korea more than 50 kilometers away Kok base, a few days and then return to base. “submarine, but related (semi-submarine) the type and quantity has not been confirmed.
The source said: “The North Korean submarine or semi-submarine and then disappear from the base there often occurs, it is difficult to determine with the incident related. Is to confirm the specific situation.” In 1998, the Korean one Cinnamon level (Yugo) submarine had been entangled in fishing nets Sokcho sea before being caught, the submarine weight 85 tons, equipped with two 406 mm torpedoes. It is reported that the submarine at a depth of 30 meters sea water can be immersed in and attack.
smaller semi-submarine sailing on the water, the radar is difficult to capture, and the submarine fired two torpedoes can. South Korean Defense Minister Kim tae March 29 at the National Assembly Defense Committee, said: “North Korea can launch two semi-submarine torpedoes.” Semi-submarine attack was not ruled out the possibility.
It is reported that the core of the Korean West Sea Fleet Battle Force – stationed in the eighth team to deploy 20 ships, Kok base of the boat and semi-submersible submarine.