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North Korean Naval Battles (re-done)

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 20 Feb 2010, 11:57
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Post 19 Jan 2011, 15:03
During the Korean War, only a small fighting force composed the KPN: apart one (possibly two) attacks with motor torpedo boats, most of the offensive action involved laying of mines. The success scored was not significant, matched with the sheer numbers of the combined UN-led naval military force but the sporadic sinking led the enemy to focus resources in minesweeping and inflicted some casualties. After the armistice, the Navy grew in size and capabilities, resulting in a number of naval border clashes and infiltrations of Special Forces by sea.

NOTE: American and British admitted DOZENS of destroyers and even cruisers attacked and damaged mainly by coastal artillery.
Most of these attacks usually caused light or moderate damages and few human losses, and some warships suffered hits on different engagements.
The page do not include these events, because it focus on North Korean naval activities.
Additionally, the page do not include the high number of North Korean junks and small crafts engaged in fishing activities sunk by direct action or raids in civilian harbors (such raids also destroyed fishing nets and other items, with the declared purpose to starve the local economy).

However, this page show incidents with losses of North Korean small unarmed crafts used as supply boats in 1950, due the strictly military nature of their operations.



Sources include general US and western sites/literature, International and South Korean press reports and the magnificent work done by (c)Alexander Rosin on the russian blog http://alerozin.narod.ru
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Before Korean War:

1948
South Korean minesweeper Tongcheon defected to North. Ex-Japanese auxiliary submarine chaser.

South Korean minesweeper Gowon defected to North. Ex American YMS-473


1949
South Korean minesweeper Gangwha defected to North. Ex American YMS-245


Korean War:

night of 25/26 June 1950
Near Pusan, in the Korean Straits a North Korean armed troop transport was intercepted and then chased by the South Korean submarine chaser Baekdusan.The engagement caused a direct hit on the South Korean ship on the bridge (two dead and two wounded), but the return fire sunk the North Korean ship. Up 600 men were killed (both crewmembers and soldiers carried onboard). The troop transport was a former South Korean merchant (1000 tons) that defected to North in 1949.
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Ex American PC-823.


At the same time, a North Korean convoy of 20 landing schooners escorted by 2 submarine chasers and 1 minesweepers landed troops in Kangnung.
Another convoy, escorted by 2 minesweepers, 1 patrol ship and 1 submarine chasers, landed troops near Samcheok.
Western sources report South Korean minesweeper Gapyeong attempted to prevent the landing, but fought and was forced to withdraw by North Korean minesweeper n°31 near Okgye (Gapyeong claimed to have sunk 2 landing schooners). The brief clash was one of the rare direct gunnery gunnery fights of the War ending into a North’s success.
According Soviet sources, reports of this incident are wrong: minesweeper n°31 engaged in battle on 29 June and no schooner was lost in action on 25 June.
However, it is possible that indeed Gapyeong briefly engaged a North Korean escort unit before retreating.


On the very same night between 25/26 June, the South Korean submarine chaser Samgaksan opened fire against the defenseless Soviet cable-ship Plastun.
The Soviet ship suffered damages, 3 crewmembers killed (including commander) and 13 wounded.


29 June 1950
Battle of Gangneung
North Korean minesweeper n°31 escorted a small convoy that landed supplies at Gangneung, when she engaged the South Korean minesweeper Dumangang, sinking her.
The South Korean minesweeper was escorting a small transport, North Koreans pulled back while the second ship recovered sailors from sea.
American cruiser USS Juneau and destroyer USS De Haven took action; while most of the Western sources mistakenly believe they sunk the South Korean vessel in a friendly-fire incident, actually the destroyer’s report clearly describe the North Korean action. Subsequent fire from the American ships however sunk one schooner of the North Korean resupply convoy.
NOTE: Thus, contrary on what most of the Western/American sources report, the USS Juneau did not committed a friendly-fire accident but sunk a legit North Korea fleeing target, on the other side the North Korean Navy scored their only confirmed surface victory of the Korean War.



2 July 1950
Battle of Jumunjin.
The most famous naval action of the Korean War.
It was the only direct attack attempted by North Korean ships (the Navy was composed only by small boats).
A group of four motor torpedo boats attacked the American cruiser USS Juneau, the British cruiser HMS Jamaica and the frigate HMS Black Swan.
The attack was courageous but spotted in advance and no torpedo hit the targets.
Return fire sunk or destroyed the motor torpedo boat n°22, n°23 and n°24 (two units directly sunk, one grounded and lost) while n°21 survived even if suffered damages.
North Koreans wrongly believed to have hit and sunk the American heavy cruiser USS Baltimore (she was not involved in the war), while USS Juneau was damaged.
This action was widely reported by the North Korean propaganda: Kim Kun Ok, commander of n°21 (who claimed sinking the Baltimore) was awarded.
After the main engagement, the Allied units intercepted and sunk two patrol boats (small OD-200 soviet class).
American sources believe all the ships were somewhere part of a convoy, but Soviet sources report the motor torpedo boat attack was planned in advance.
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n°21 on display at museum. She and her sister were former Tupolev-G5 crafts.


3 July 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gimcheon intercepted and sunk a convoy of three schooners carrying supplies.
On the same day, the American cruiser USS Juneau sunk a group of seven fishing trawlers. Two North Korean planes attacked the British frigate HMS Black Swan, inflicting minor damage.



22 July 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gimcheon sunk three small ships.


23 July 1950
South Korean minesweeper Daejeon (ex-Japanese) engaged in a firefight with a North Korean vessel. Unclear details.


27 July 1950
South Korean submarine chasers Geumgangsan and Samgaksan intercepted a convoy and sunk 12 small sailing vessels.


2 August 1950
British destroyer HMS Cockade and HMS Cossack bombarded the Mokpo harbor and sunk one steamer.


3 August 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gyeongju sunk seven sailing boats.


7 August 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gyeongju sunk two motorboats.
Unidentified South Korean warships sunk other four small vessels.


15 August 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gwangju encountered a large convoy of 45 small ships and destroyed it: 15 small vessels sunk and 30 ships surrendered.
This incident appear to be the single event with the highest number of naval losses suffered by a communist/socialist Navy during a single encounter in open sea (surpassed only a by a single episode during the Chinese Civil War, but involving grounded junks).
The nature of the North Korean vessels (small defenseless wooden boats) was a key reason of these high casualties.


Between 20 and 21 August 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gwangju sunk a motorboat, captured another motorboat and damaged a third one.

25 August 1950
South Korean submarine chaser Baekdusan sank a sailboat.
On the same day, minesweeper Guwolsan sank two motorboats (carrying troops, one 100tons and the second 70tons).
On the same day, minesweeper Gaeseong attacked a convoy and damaged 14 small sailboats (of 15).
On the same day, minesweeper Gilju in three separate clashes sank three ships and damaged other eight.

31 August 1950
South Korean submarine chaser Geumgangsan sank two motorboats and damaged a third one.


Minelaying operations:
North Korean forces begun to deploy anti-ships mines especially in the area of Wonsan.
For such operations, apparently only had-hoc converted small junks and boats employed.
There is no official record of names/numbers of these small vessels, nor specific claims of each field that can match with each enemy loss.
Such information (if survived the war) could be in North Korean war literature.


10 September 1950
Close Haeju, one North Korean minelayer schooner attacked and sunk by the South Korean submarine chaser Samgaksan.


13 September 1950
South Korean submarine chaser Samgaksan sank three small boats.



26 September 1950
American destroyer USS Brush heavily damaged by mine. 13 killed.

28 September 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gapyeong sunk by mine. 26 killed.

30 September 1950
American destroyer USS Mansfield damaged by mine. 27 wounded.

1 October 1950
American minesweeper USS Magpie sunk by mine. 21 killed.

2 October 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gaeseong damaged by mine.


12 October 1950
Near the Wonsan Harbor a mixed attack of coastal artillery and use of minefield sunk two American minesweeper, USS Pirate and USS Pledge, while the artillery damaged the USS Redhead. Mines and gunfire alike hit both USS Pirate and USS Pledge. 12 Americans were killed and 43 wounded. Americans claimed success, stating they silenced the guns (quite reasonable they just stopped to fire after having finished the two minesweeper and having used a large chunk of their ammunition).
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Photo of USS Pirate sinking, while Americans claim "victory" for unexplained reason, the combined sinking off two American Warship (and the damage of a third one) was the biggest score by North Korean minelaying actions combined with ground gunfire. The success however had little overhall strategic impact by the sheer numbers of American and allied warships.



18 October 1950
South Korean minesweeper Gonju sunk by mine.
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Ex- American YMS-148.



18 December 1950
American sources allegedly reporting how destroyer USS McKean sunk a Soviet submarine with depth charges are completely mistaken.
No Soviet submarine ever operated in nearby proximity of American warships during the Korean War, while American vessels were paranoid over the possible presence of enemy submarines.


Early December 1950
Japanese merchant Senzan Maru (cargo of flour) damaged by mine.





7 January 1951.
Ten disguised coastal artillery guns targeted the Thai frigate Prasae, while sailing alongside the North Korean shore for a routine patrol.
The ship suffered multiple hits and grounded with serious damage, burning as consequences. It was the most significant success of North Korean coastal defense (alongside the sinking of two American minesweepers on 12 October).
Western sources report the ship accidentally grounded and abandoned, but Soviet observers fully backed the North Korean claim of direct action.



2 February 1951
American minesweeper USS Patridge sunk by mine. 8 killed, 6 wounded.


5 May 1951
South Korean patrol ship JML-306 sunk by mine. 6 killed, 18 wounded.
Former Japanese minelayer.


24 May 1951
American cruiser USS Manchester and destroyer USS Brinkley Bass sunk four minelayer schooners. (11 killed, 1 wounded). Each schooner carried 4 M-26 type mines.



12 June 1951
American destroyer USS Walke suffered a powerful explosion and heavy damages with 26 dead and 40 wounded.
Reason for the cause was one of the many North Korean mines, some American sources claim there were torpedo-parts allegedly recovered on the ship, but this is unproved: no communist submarine ever engaged in action during the Korean War and no North Korean motor torpedo boat was operative at the time of the damage. The destroyer was repaired.


7 October 1951
American destroyer USS Ernest G. Small damaged by mine, 9 KIA and 18 WIA.



26 December 1951
South Korean submarine chaser Jirisan sunk by mine. Heavy casualties: the entire crew of 80 killed.


28 August 1952
American fleet tug USS Sarsi sunk by mine, with 4 dead and 4 wounded.


16 September 1952
American destroyer USS Barton damaged by mine.


18 June 1953
For the first time since the first year of war, a brief surface engagement occurred between a North Korean patrol boat and a South Korean patrol boat in Wonsan area. The clash was brief and the North Korean vessel pulled back under cover from 105mm coastal artillery. Apparently, no damage reported on both sides.






AFTER ARMISTICE


28 December 1959
North Korean submarine chaser n°205 (project 201 class) attacked the Soviet spy-ship GS-34, inflicting damages and causing 1 killed and 3 wounded.
Soviet sources of the time accused South Korean Navy to be involved, but it is now clear it was a North Korean vessel.
Reason of the incident are not clear: while it is possible a misidentification (friendly-fire), Russian sources state the attack was deliberate.
It is possible the event caused by an over-zealous behavior of the North Korean commander.




5 July 1965
A North Korean midget-submarine accidentally stranded and then seized by South Koreans on a mission to land agents. Crew and passengers escaped before the boat was discovered.


19 January 1967
South Korean patrol ship Dangpo entered into the North Korean waters, was attacked with coastal artillery and MiG-21 fighter-bombers. The ship sunk with 39 dead and 15 wounded.
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Ex-PCE842, Ex-Marfa. Admirable class converted as patrols.


April 1967
South Korean Navy report the sinking of several infiltration crafts. Unknown actual details and losses.


1-2 June 1967
South Korean batteries fired upon an infiltration craft, and the following day North Korean batteries fired upon a South Korean patrol boat.



19 June 1967
North Korean ground forces attempted to seize two South Korean fishing boats: they escaped, but one of them named Hanhungho sunk while on tow due damage suffered. 1 killed, 2 wounded.


20 September 1967
A group of South Korean fishing boats shelled by North Korean coastal artillery: one fishing boat sunk (one wounded).


7 October 1967
A US soldier drowned after fell in water wounded, when an American patrol boat came under gunfire from the shore while sailing in Imjin River.


21 December 1967
North Korean ground forces attempted to seize a group of South Korean fishing boats: one fishing boat seized and sunk (6 killed).


11 January 1968
A North Korean naval vessel sunk one South Korean fishing boat and seized three other fishing boats, taking 20 prisoners.




23 January 1968
Seizure of USS Pueblo
North Korean submarine chaser n°31 (project201 class) of the East Fleet under the command of Pak In Ho (later awarded), with support of three project123K class motor torpedo boats (n°601, n°604 and n°606), attacked the American Spy-ship USS Pueblo, that was damaged with gunfire (causing 1 American killed and other 4 wounded). Later they boarded and captured the ship, with 82 sailors captured and surveillance’s data seized (crew had time to destroyer only a small fraction of it), scoring a significant propaganda and intelligence victory. Today the ship, while still commissioned by the US Navy, is kept in North Korea as museum-ship. Interestingly, while the American side still claim the ship operated in international waters, data recovered aboard the ship and passed to the Soviet indicate how the Pueblo deliberately intruded the Soviet (and North Korean) national waters in earlier operations.
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Today the ship, while still commissioned by the US Navy, is kept in North Korea as museum-ship.


23 June 1968
Haeju Bay Raid
South Korean Navy carried an infiltration mission with 15 naval frogmen into the Haeju Bay, supported by three South Korean vessels, to board a specific North Korean naval vessel in Yellow Sea, and kidnap (or kill) a key officer. The operation turned a failure, due miscommunications of the different South Korean units and presence of defensive wire obstacles in water, units of the North Korean Navy were involved and South Koreans admits the loss of 6 agents (2 believed to be captured alive, according South Korean sources). Currently this is one of the few instances known of deliberate South Korean infiltrations in North Korea admitted by South.



20 August 1968
A North Korean infiltration craft was intercepted off Cheju Island: 12 agents killed and 2 captured.




4 April 1970
North Korean Spy-ship sunk on the Yellow Sea


5 June 1970
A pair of North Korean patrol boats boarded and captured the South Korean broadcast-vessel I-20 (120 tons). 20 sailors captured.



15 February 1974
Two North Korean patrol boats attacked a couple of South Korean fishing vessels (one of them reportedly named “Suwon-32”), sinking one and seizing the other.
North Koreans claimed they sunk only a single vessel, reported as a spy-boat. 12 men believed killed on the sunk vessel.
NOTE: Considering the status of the Cold War in the Korean Peninsula, North Korean’s claim is far from unrealistic.



28 June 1974
South Korean maritime police patrol boat n°863 (a former Japanese ambulance ship), surrounded by three North Korean patrol boats: after resisting at seizure, she sunk in action. 26 killed and 2 captured.
South Koreans scrambled Phantom fighters to retaliate and sink the North Korean vessels, but they give up after a confrontation with MiG fighters and without observing the ships.
While not part of the South Korean Navy (it was Maritime Police), this was indeed the first confirmed (also by western sources) sinking scored by the North Korean Navy in naval surface engagement.


26 February 1975
A South Korean destroyer deliberately rammed and sunk a North Korean fishing vessel. Unknown casualties.


28 April 1978
A North Korean infiltration craft attacked by a South Korean maritime police patrol boat. 4 North Koreans Killed. 1 South Korean killed and 4 wounded. Unclear if infiltration craft sunk or seized


21 July 1978
A North Korean infiltration craft attacked by a South Korean maritime police patrol boat. 6 North Koreans Killed. 2 South Korean killed and 1 wounded. Unclear if infiltration craft sunk or seized


21 June 1980
A North Korean infiltration craft attacked by a South Korean patrol boat. 9 North Koreans Killed and 1 captured, 2 South Koreans wounded. Unclear if infiltration craft sunk or seized



1 December 1980
South Korean forces identified an infiltration craft and destroyed her using an amphibious ship manned by the Army. In the following firefight, 9 North Korean agents died alongside 3 South Korean soldiers (and other 3 wounded).


1 June 1981
A North Korean spy boat sunk by South Korean coastal artillery, 9 sailors were killed, one was captured. 3 South Koreans killed.


13 August 1983
A North Korean infiltration craft was sunk. 5 Killed.



4 December 1983
South Korean forces intercepted and sunk an infiltration mother-ship named Gongjag. 2 agents captured on ground (a second smaller boat that landed them from the mother-ship was found) and 3 are believed to have died when the mother-ship was sunk by Navy and Air Force. Both boats carried heavy weapons including surface-to-air missiles, rockets and many machineguns.


20 October 1985
A North Korean infiltration craft sunk by South Korean coastal artillery. At least 2 agents killed.



1 January 1986
North Korean vessels seized the Japanese fishing vessel Kaisei Maru n°55 for violating the border; however she was released on 17 April.




January 1987
A North Korean patrol boat boarded and captured the South Korean fishing boat n°27 Tongjin-ho.
12 crewmembers surrendered without resistance and later reported as deserted (according North Koreans).



1 May 1995
A South Korean fishing vessel damaged by a North Korean patrol vessel, 3 sailors were killed. 5 others were captured and then released.




17 September 1996 - land fighting lasted until 5 September 1996
A North Korean Sango Class submarine accidentally grounded on the Southern coast on East Sea in Gangneung. 3 agents were landed on 15 September and submarines was supposed to recover them. The 26 crewmembers and commandos damaged the submarine and attempted to evade capture: 11 sailors committed suicide (or were executed according different source) on the first moments.
Survivors split in pairs and attempted to reach the border, while chased by South Korean soldiers and police: 13 killed in action, 1 capture alive and 1 who managed to cross-back in North Korea.
South Koreans suffered 8 killed in action, 4 deceased in incidents, 27 wounded, additionally also 4 South Korean civilians died.
Currently the submarine is kept on display in South Korea.
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Photo of the abandoned submarine: note the damage due intentional fire in tower, to prevent enemy's intel.


22 June 1998
A North Korean small Yugo Class submarine trapped by nets of South Korean fishing ships.
When the South Koreans towed her, the submarine suddenly sunk (likely scuttled by the crewmembers). Once the wreck was recovered, the 9 crewmembers found dead had sign of having committed suicide.
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Recovery of the submarine by South Koreans.


18 December 1998
Battle of Yeosou
A North Korean semi-submersible infiltration vessel of I-SILC class observed the previous day, was chased and sunk by South Korean warships.
Wreck later recovered and 4 crewmembers assumed dead (one body recovered).
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Photo of the infiltration vessel recovered by South Koreans.



15 June 1999
First Battle of Yeonpyeong
Increased tensions over fishing rights and naval borders brought to military confrontation.
North Koreans dispatched a group including 3 motor torpedo boats (Kusong class), 4 ex-Chinese Type062 class patrol ships, project201 class submarine chasers, multiple small gunboats of Chong-Jin class.
Some sources wrongly list the more powerful gunboats of Taechong class as involved in battle.
South Korean force was more powerful, including small crafts, multiple Chamsuri and the larger and powerful Po Hang class corvettes.
Battle begun with multiple ramming attacks: two Chamsuri attempted to ram on both sides the patrol boat n°381 (Type062) and her crew opened fire with 25mm.
A confused battle at close range begun: one North Korean motor torpedo boat sunk, patrol boat n°684 (project201) suffered heavy damage and retreated (never repaired according some western sources, but indeed she was repaired and returned in action years late), also two patrol boats (Shangai-II class) suffered damage and two small gunboats (Chong-Jin class) suffered light damages.
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Photo of South Korean PKM-325 ramming a Shangai-II patrol boat.
South Korean sources claim north Koreans suffered heavy casualties: up to 100, including 12,17,20 or 30 killed in action (according different sources) in addition to 70 wounded.
These casualties remain unproved and the higher toll is less likely.
South Koreans suffered light damages on the corvette Cheonan, the patrol boat PKM-325 and four small crafts. Sources disagree on casualties (7, 9 or 11 wounded, probably due including light ones). North Koreans on their side claimed to have hit at least 10 enemy vessels.
Both sides claimed victory, western analysts tends to give victory to South Korea.
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SO-1 class n°682 during the battle. Note: ship have a different 100mm main gun, while most of the ship of the class have 85mm in different "tank-shaped" turret


22 December 2001
Battle of Amami-Oshima.
Japanese attacked a spy-ship that was operating close to Amami-Oshima, in the ring of Japanese Ryūkyū islands in the Chinese Sea.
The Japanese patrol ships Amami, Kirishima, Inasa e Mizuki attacked and sunk the smaller and less armed spy-ship n°3705 Zhangyu .
Despite the disadvantages, the ship made resistance and caused damage to the Amami and wounding 3 sailors (also anti-tank RPG-7 were used), other light damages due hits occurred on Kirishima and Inasa. North Korean crew of 15 died, wreck was later raised and inspected.






29 June 2002
Second Battle of Yeonpyeong
A pair of South Korean patrol boats (PKM-357 and PKM-358 of Chamsuri class) clashed on the contested waters with a pair of North Korean patrol boats (n°388 of Chinese Type062 and n°684 of Soviet project201).
During the battle, South Korean patrol boat PKM-357 received three direct hits of 85mm from the n°684 and suffered massive damages. The South Koreans received help from two other Chamsuri (PKM-327 and PKM-358) and 2 Corvettes of Po Hang class (Cheonan and Chinhae), but the patrol boat sunk while the North Koreans retreated north.
During the battle 6 South Korean sailors (including the commander Yoon Yeong Ha) died and 18 wounded.
South Koreans claims that n°684 received heavy damages but did not sunk. South Korean claims her crew suffered 13 killed and 25 wounded: this is actually difficult to occurs, because crew is 31.
Another South Korean source lower the deceased to 3 or 5 (supposedly including commander Kim Young Sik).
North Koreans claim to have suffered no damage on n°684 and no casualties suffered. Gunner Seo Ju Cheol of 85mm turret from n°684 received the title of Hero of the Republic.
North Korea claim victory, western analysts tends to label the result as Inconclusive.
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Wreck of PKM-357 recovered.


1 November 2004
Short inconclusive clash with no damage between 3 North Korean patrol ships against one South Korean patrol boat.


29-30 October 2007
Piracy in Somalia
The North Korean unarmed merchant Dai Hong Dan of 6390t (cargo of sugar directed to India) was seized in Somali waters by a group of 7 pirates heavily armed who disguised as guards.
When helicopter from American destroyer USS James E. Williams made a flight over the ship, the 22 North Korean sailors took opportunity and assaulted the pirates seizing some weapons.
In the following firefight, the pirates surrendered after 2 died (1 according North Korean sources). 3 sailors suffered wounds and the American destroyer staff provided medical help.
This incident proved to be a very uncommon case of cooperation between a North Korean and an American vessel.
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Photo of the cargo ship



10 November 2009
Battle of Daecheong
A group of South Korean ships including a Po Hang Corvette class and 4 Chamsuri patrol boats fought against the lone North Korean gunboat n°383 (of Chinese Type062).
The Chamsuri-class patrol boat PKM-325 was lightly damaged (15 bullet hits), and South Korean claimed that n°383 was heavily damaged. Other South Korean evaluation suggest only moderate damage. South Korean sources claims up to 10 North Korean sailors killed, but other more conservative sources claim only 1 dead and 3 wounded. North Koreans claim no casualties or damage.
Despite some claims, the North Korean patrol boat was not armed with 85mm, but only 37mm and 25mm: while South Korean sources claimed victory, other local sources criticized how their Navy missed the opportunity to sink n°383 and failed to do this despite clear advantage in numbers and firepower. Western analysts valuate the battle as disputed result.
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Photo of sister-ship n°384.


26 March 2010
Sinking of Cheonan
South Korean corvettes Sokcho and Cheonan were on patrol near the Baengnyeong island when suddenly the Cheonan sunk. 49 crewmembers died, 58 rescued.
Other casualties occurred during the rescue operations: one diver drowned, and other 9 died when a small rescue boat sunk due accidental collision.
Wreck of corvette was raised for inspection.
Cause of sinking are heavily disputed. South Korea and western source identify a Yono class midget submarine as the attacker that torpedoed and sunk the corvette.
Remains of torpedo were found. Russian, Chinese and North Korean sources dispute this, claiming the corvette was sunk by old mine, accident or even suggesting an accidental sinking caused by American submarine (South Korean Navy was involved in exercises).
According South Korean sources, four crewmembers of the submarine received the title of Hero of the Republic. The sinking made western analysts re-consider the efficacy of North Korean light and midget submarine nearby coasts for harassing attacks, also it would be the third ever successful submarine attack made since the WW2 (after two other episodes occurred during the Indo-Pakistani war and the Falkland War).
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Aft section of the Cheonan being raised.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 20 Feb 2010, 11:57
Resident Admiral
Post 13 Dec 2016, 17:38
Page re-worked. Future updates, fix and correction and more pics.

For the readers: comments, questions, suggestions or grammar corrections are extremely welcome! Thanks ^^
Soviet cogitations: 252
Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 20 Feb 2010, 11:57
Resident Admiral
Post 06 May 2017, 11:00
UPDATE: with events and seizures during '60s and '80s years.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 20 Feb 2010, 11:57
Resident Admiral
Post 07 Sep 2018, 17:24
LARGE UPDATE:
* Inserted known entries and refined details of all naval clashes occurred during Korean War confirmed by Soviet source (NOTE: almost everything match with German western source, and gives more details)
* One incident (29/June/1950) ending with the loss of a South Korean vessel due friendly fire according western source, it is fully described as a North Korean success by Soviet/Russian sources.
* Detailed the notorious Battle of Jumunjin: Soviet/Russian sources confirm all the western claimed losses, but with some difference on the course of action.
* Inserted all the North Korean naval losses of wooden small crafts confirmed by Soviet/Russian sources to be used as military transports.
* Absolute denial of Western rumor concerning Soviet submarine operations in Korean War
* Inserted two episodes of Soviet vessels damaged: one during Korean War, one after the War due deliberate North Korean attack
* Refined the Pueblo Incident: serial number of all North Korean units involved is known.
* Inserted other Cold War minor clashes between North and South Korea
* Inserted a failed spec-op naval operation with frogmen by South Korea in 1968
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