List of active North Korean ships

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This is a list of active ships of the Korean People's Army Naval Force. It is incomplete, as public information on the state's military is incomplete. Many of the vessels are ex-Soviet or Chinese vessels, some designs dating from 1950s, but extensively modified.

Submarines[edit]

Type Class Country of Origin In Service Notes
Diesel-electric submarine Sinpo-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1 (under construction) First vessel in shipyard 2014, possibly others to came as replacement of Romeo subs.[1][2]
Diesel-electric coastal submarine Sang-O-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 40+ Manufactured in two variants, 34m Sang-O and 39m Sang-O II. 1 captured by ROK. North Korean Special Operation Force uses specially equipped Sang-O for missions.
Diesel-electric midget submarine Yono-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea ~10 Variant exported to Iran and operated as Ghadir-class submarine
Diesel-electric midget submarine Yugo-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 23
Diesel-electric submarine Type-033 (Romeo)-class  People's Republic of China/ Soviet Union/ Democratic People's Republic of Korea <22 KPA Journal reports that these are being phased out in favor of Sang-O/Sang-O II[3] Sold as kits from China and was assembled in NK. Used by North Korean Special Operation Force for special maritime missions.
Diesel-electric submarine Whiskey-class  Soviet Union 4 (reported retired as of March 2011) KPA Journal reports that these have been retired and/or scrapped[3]

however at least one submarine was seen operative during 2013 exercises: [4]

Note: According to http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/20_05_10jigreport.pdf, "The North Korean military is in possession of a fleet of about 70 submarines, comprised of approximately 20 Romeo class submarines (1,800 tons), 40 Sang-O class submarines (300 tons) and 10 midget submarines including the Yono class submarines (130 tons)."

Frigates & Corvettes[edit]

Type Class Country of Origin In Service Notes
Frigate Krivak-class  Soviet Union 1(?) Unknown status of service. [5]
Light frigate Najin-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2
Experimental catamaran frigate Soho-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1 Reported retired in 2009.[6]
Helicopter-carrying light frigate Nampo-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2 ~ 3 New buildings.[7]
Corvette Sariwon-class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 4 Based on Tral-class
Corvette Tral-class  Soviet Union 2 Probably in reserve due old age.

Note: Recent satellite images indicate that the empty hull of a Krivak-class frigate was purchased by North Korea around 2003. The ship was likely bought from a Russian scrap dealer, lacking any weapons or radar upon purchase. While it was assumed that North Korea purchased the hull to scrap it for scrap metal, it remains in its original state for nearly five years, and has recently been transported from Wonsan to Nampo Harbor. Because the hull still remains intact, North Korea is believed to have plans for reinstalling weapons systems (including provisions for helicopters, naval guns and as a testbed for North Korea's newly developed Anti-Ship Missile) upon the empty hull, subsequently transforming it into North Korea's flagship. Furthermore, this claim is reinforced by the fact that a shipyard lies close to Nampo Harbor. Nevertheless, the ship currently remains only as an empty hull. Note: In the most current Google Earth imagery the Krivak is no longer in Nampho Harbor likely meaning the ship has either been scrapped or brought into service.

Note: Recent satellite images also show 2 new North Korean Helicopter Frigates. Though it's unknown whether they are ready for service. [8][9]

Torpedo boats & missile craft[edit]

Type Class Country of Origin In Service Notes
SES Stealth missile boat Nongo class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 3+ building [10][11]

Unknown missile (or torpedo) armament. [12][13]

PTG missile craft Soju class/Osa I class missile boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 8
PTG missile craft Huangfeng class  People's Republic of China 4
PTG small missile boat Sohung/Komar class  Soviet Union/ Democratic People's Republic of Korea 6
PTG missile craft Komar class missile boat  Soviet Union 6
PT torpedo boat Shershen class  Soviet Union/ Democratic People's Republic of Korea 3
PT torpedo boat Sinnam class torpedo boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
PT small torpedo boat Sin Hung class torpedo boat / Ku Song class torpedo boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 142
PT small torpedo boat P-6 class torpedo boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 12
torpedo boat Ku Song class torpedo boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 60

Patrol boats[edit]

A North Korean Navy Tral Class Corvette in 1993
Type Class Country of Origin In Service
PG gun patrol boat T Class patrol boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
PG gun patrol boat Mayang class patrol boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
PC large coastal patrol boat Taechong class I/II patrol boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 13
PC large coastal patrol boat Hainan class  People's Republic of China 6
PC coastal patrol boat Chodo class patrol boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 3
PC/PT/PTG/WPC coastal/torpedo/armed patrol boat Chong-Ju class patrol boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 6
PC coastal patrol boat SO-1 class patrol boat  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 19
Coastal patrol boat Shanghai II class  People's Republic of China 13
PC small coastal patrol boats Sinpo class (Steel version of P-6)  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 18
Coastal patrol boat K-48 class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
Patrol boat Chongjin class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 54
Torpedo/patrol boat P-6 class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
Fast attack craft Chaho class (Based on P-6 torpedo boats)  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 59
Patrol boat Shantou class  People's Republic of China N/A

Utility/landing craft[edit]

Type Class Country of Origin In Service
LCU utility landing craft Hantae class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 8-10
LCM medium landing craft Hungnam class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 15
LCU medium landing craft Hanchon class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 15
LCPA amphibious landing craft Kong Bang class I/II/III  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
LCP Landing Craft, Personnel Nampo class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 95
PT assault torpedo boats Chong Jin class - based on Chaho class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 51
LCPA amphibious landing craft Nampo class A/B  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
LCVP Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel Nampo class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 100
ACV assault hovercraft Kongbang class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 135-140
Minesweeping boats Yukto class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 23
Fleet Ocean Tug AT/F  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2
WPB coastal cutters Yongdo class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
WPB coastal cutters N/A  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
ASR submarine rescue ship (Catamaran-hulled rescue/salvage ship) Kowan class  Democratic People's Republic of Korea N/A
AS - Submarine Tender N/A  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1
Ocean AGHS - Patrol Combatant Support Ship N/A  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1
Inshore AGHS - Patrol Combatant Support Ship N/A  Democratic People's Republic of Korea 3

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph s. Bermudez Jr. (19 October 2014). "The North Korean Navy Acquires a New Submarine". 38 North (U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies). Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Media Busters: Is North Korea Building a Ballistic Missile Submarine?". 38 North (U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies). 4 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. (March 2011). "KPA Journal Vol.2, No.3". Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  4. ^ http://www.iranmilitaryforum.net/military-news-discussion/north-korean-military-thread/225/
  5. ^ http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2007/11/07/2007110761022.html
  6. ^ http://38north.org/2014/05/jbermudez051514/
  7. ^ http://38north.org/2014/05/jbermudez051514/
  8. ^ Yoo, Yong Won & Arumdaunchonsa (2007-11-07). "유용원의 군사세계: 북한 남포항에 3000t급 러시아 호위함이 왜? (A 3000t Russian Frigate in North Korea's Nampo Harbor?)". Chosun. Retrieved 2007-11-07. (Korean)
  9. ^ Jin, So Pyung (2007-11-07). "북한해군의 3000톤급 프리깃 (North Korea's 3000t class Frigate)". DC Inside. Retrieved 2007-11-07. (English)
  10. ^ http://www.sinodefenceforum.com/world-armed-forces/bluffer-s-guide-north-korean-naval-power-2007-a-3229.html
  11. ^ http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?209686-The-Unofficial-Korean-People-s-Army-Thread/page27
  12. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/dprk/p-nongo.htm
  13. ^ http://spioenkop.blogspot.it/2014/06/north-korean-kh-35-anti-ship-missiles.html

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