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Korean Naval Clash Update

November 13, 2009

The excellent and comprehensive War News Updates blog had this to say concerning the recent battle between the North and South Korean navies:

I am lucky to have an excellent contact in the Korean Government. He confirms what New Wars observed from this naval clash …. South Korean firepower pulverized (to a point) the North Korean naval boat …. the North Koreans were outgunned and out matched in every way, and they were able to get away for the simple reason that the South Koreans permitted them to flee.

As to the 4:1 ratio of North Korean naval boats tp South Korean, my contact tells me that most of North Korea’s boats are useless. Lack of spare parts, fuel, limited training, etc …. from his viewpoint the North Koreans would be lucky if they could muster out a small percentage of their fleet …. and what would be put to sea will not be adequate to confront the South Korean ships.

This seems to have been purely a political move on the part of Pyongyang. North Korea is the spoiled child of Asia and must throw the occasional tantrum for the attentions of the international community, but especially the leader of the Free World who happens to be visiting nearby.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 15, 2009 5:28 pm


    Tantrums, yeah…

    But they might be plugging their ears rather than holding their breaths when they pull their next stunt. Seventh Fleet, the JMSDF, and the ROK Navy might have grave concerns and react to events if things start happening while Air Force One is approaching Seoul.

    Just saying that it’s really difficult to predict the course of actions that may arise from from such a dysfunctional, demented, hermit regime. Due to their extreme need and desire for gathering attention to themselves, they may attempt to do just about anything.

  2. Mike Burleson permalink*
    November 15, 2009 4:51 pm

    Nothing but tantrums! They’ll hold their breath next.

  3. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:58 pm

    Found another and more informative news report on the ‘incident.’

    SKorea alert after North turns military radar on

    Agence France-Presse | 11/15/2009 8:58 PM

    SEOUL – South Korea went on alert briefly Sunday after a North Korean coastal battery unit turned its radar on for firing amid tensions after a recent naval clash, a report said.

    YTN television, quoting unnamed military sources, said the North’s short activation of the radar sent the South rushing to relocate its 1,500-tonne destroyer out of range in the Yellow Sea.

    The radar at a battery in Ongjin on the North’s southwest coast was powered on for an hour until 2:00 pm (0500 GMT), YTN said, adding South Korea’s naval patrol boats were on stand by for emergencies.

    Seoul’s defence ministry refused to confirm the YTN report in detail, but admitted having responded to unspecified movements by the North.

    “There were some North Korean movements, and we took necessary steps. Everything has returned to normal now,” a ministry spokesman told AFP without elaborating.

  4. D. E. Reddick permalink
    November 15, 2009 2:49 pm

    Well, as President Barack Obama is visiting China today (Sunday the 15th), then don’t you just know that the Norks would do something to draw attention to themselves.

    There is now a new series of comments over in a thread (North and South Korea in Naval Clash) stating that North Korean forces activated fire control radar and directed it towards ROK Navy patrol boats. The South Korean naval forces reportedly drew back from the area of the Northern Limit Line (NLL) in the littoral areas of the Yellow Sea (western coast of the Korean coast).

    This just makes one wonder whether there won’t be test missile firings or even a new nuke test in North Korea once Obama lands in Seoul after the completion of his visit to China (or, maybe before he reaches Seoul).

    I’ve found confirmation of that discussion with the following news report:

    Reports: NKorea briefly activates missile radar

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea briefly activated radar for its surface-to-ship missiles Sunday, forcing South Korean naval vessels to move away from a disputed western sea border where the two countries’ navies clashed last week, news reports said.

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