Korean Naval Clash Update
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.