North Korean Navy – Submarines


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Simpo / Gorae class SSB (Ballistic missile conventionally powered submarine) (1 active or used as a test platform) LOA ca. 225′ / 68.6 m TDISP 1,600 tons submerged (estimate)Sinpo class SSB NK 2016Sinpo class SSB NK 2019

Romeo class attack submarines LOA 251′ / 76.5 m TDISP 1,800 tons submerged (originally up to 22 transferred, many as Chinese made kits, most now out of service)

Romeo class SS Chaho NK 2020

Sang-O class coastal submarines LOA 115′ / 35.1 m TDISP 370 tons submerged (about 40 in service, 1 unit captured by South Korea)

The Sang-O class submarine captured during the 1996 incident, on display at the Unification Park near Gangneung, South Korea, ca. 2012. Credit: Idobi, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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