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Kim Jong Un Tours a North Korean Submarine, Instructs Skipper on Navigation

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Kim Jong Un in the conning tower of what appears to be a Project 633 diesel submarine. KCNA Photo

Kim Jong Un stands in the sail of what appears to be a Project 633 diesel submarine. KCNA Photo

The leader of North Korea called for his country to expand its underwater warfare capability in the face of so-called western aggression, according to a press release from the state controlled Korean Central News Agency.

During a visit to Navy Unit 167, Kim Jong Un was photographed underway on what appears to be 1950s era Project 633 diesel electric submarine — one of about 20 in the North Koreans fleet assembled domestically from Chinese parts based on a Soviet design.

“The Party Central Committee is attaching great importance to the combined units of submarines,” Kim as said, according to the KCNA.
“The commanding officers and seamen should clearly see through the motives of the hateful enemies watching for a chance to invade our land and put spurs to combat preparations, thinking about battles only.”

The dictator also outlined a vision for an expanded submarine force with, “the tasks to be fulfilled to round off the combat preparations of the unit and remarkably bolster up the underwater operation capability of submarines and modernize and fortify bases,” KCNA said.

Kim Jong Un stands in the sail of what appears to be a Project 633 diesel submarine. KCNA Photo

Kim Jong Un in the conning tower of what appears to be a Project 633 diesel submarine. KCNA Photo

Kim also reportedly provided instruction to the crew and, “set the course of the submarine to the captain and taught him a good method of navigation,” according to KCNA.

North Korea’s submarine force is mostly used as a platform for special operations forces and provides a limited capability for guarding North Korea’s coastline.

The regime has exported a variant of its Yono-class midget submarine to Iran for its Ghadir-class boats.

A North Korean submarine allegedly sank the South Korean corvette ROKS Cheonan in 2010.

Like his father, Kim Jong Un is often seen with North Korean military hardware as part of the country’s international propaganda mission.

  • Michael Broughton

    Hey, looks like they need some binoculars! Oh heck with it, if ya can’t quite see it who cares.

  • TW

    Funny little man he is. The picture should have been black and white to go with the 1950’s theme lol

  • http://nickysworld.wordpress.com/ Nicky

    The Romeo class SSK is so old and outdated that they are easy targets

    • Leon Davis

      If you know what you’re doing, you can shoot someone carrying an M-16 deader ‘n a doornail with a flintlock rifle. All is takes is equal smarts and patience – and luck. ISIS is overrunning Iraq with less than 1,000 fighters.

      • http://nickysworld.wordpress.com/ Nicky

        The world’s burning and were watching the world burn to a crisp

        • Leon Davis

          This is true, but this is the way it’s always been throughout history. No one much cares until it impacts them directly. Obama jets around playing golf and attending LGBT fundraisers as if he doesn’t have a care in the world. He’s personally insulated from any of this so why should he care? And if he doesn’t care, why should the rest of us give a flying rat’s patootie? I know I don’t.

  • Marcd30319

    Yup, like all dictators, Kim Jong Un has this compulsion to prove he knows better about everything under the sun … just because.

    Looks like Kim is striking the same pose that Gregory Peck had in On the Beach. Probably saw that film recently. Of course, we all know how well that movie ended.

  • Leon Davis

    I happen to like Kim Jong Un. Let’s give the man some credit, shall we? He gets out of the office. He doesn’t rely on subordinates to tell him what’s going on. When is the last time you’ve seen Obama on a military vessel? Obama sitting in a jet fighter? Obama on a military base talking to soldiers? I can’t remember. Obama is too busy playing golf with the LGBT crowd and going to fundraisers – with the LGBT crowd…not that there’s anything wrong with that. I highly doubt Kim Jong Un treats war veterans with the same contempt as Obama. Every time I turn around, Marshal Kim is stroking the military.

    • Pruple Straticus

      Sounds about right. Every time I see a Tea Bagging conservative I see the exact same cowardice and treachery you exhibit. Why don’t you just move to DPRK? They’ll take you. Then you can get all the military propaganda you want and still live in a country that doesn’t give a damn about human rights. It’s what the GOP whiners are pushing for, isn’t it?

  • Yeah..so?

    By the number, North Korea has a strong navy………..but that’s about it.

    • Sandy

      LOL….yah, we thought the Libyans did….until we saw that most of their subs were inoperable…lottsa FOXTROTS…none worked….

  • scoobydoo

    Am I missing something or is one of the windows on the “conning tower” picture gone ??? If that be the case, then GOOD LUCK submerging that prehistoric “beast”. Like the joke about the Polish submarine that sank because someone forgot to shut the “screen door” on it …..

    • LDO6295

      That area isn’t part of the pressure hull. It floods when they submerge. FYI.

      • m0tbaillie

        Look at that POS. Which part *doesn’t* flood?

  • Michael Layne

    Kim Jong Un “taught the captain a new method of navigation”? We can hope this mean the sub runs aground in some particularly embarrassing location, with the dictator on board! Maybe the captain will be so in awe of the amazing presence of the world’s smartest dictator that he will forget to close the hatch when the sub dives! We can always hope! At least Kim Jong Il’s white cat will probably escape the flooding… :)

  • Chesapeakeguy

    The best thing that happened to the Allies in Europe was when Hitler dismissed his generals counsel and took over the directing of the war himself. One can only hope Lil Kim does the same in such an event!

  • KC135TopBoom

    Its a wonder he didn’t run the boat aground. What will he do next? Conduct combat fighter tactics classes for fighter pilots?

  • Publicus58

    The Disneyland submarine looks in better shape than this piece of junk. I wonder if the “Great Leader” went on a dive?.

  • Publicus58

    Captain Tuna…the Chicken of the Sea…has the Conn.

  • http://myiphonehome.com brichardson

    A good method of navigation – “Turn left at that piece of floating wood”.