Silent but Deadly: Korea's Scary Submarine Arms Race

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Published on 13 Feb 2015, 23:28
A number of recent events underscore South Korea’s plans to establish a formidable submarine fleet to counter North Korea and other regional security threats. Last week, South Korea established its first independent submarine command to conduct “more integrated, efficient and stable submarine operations.” The new command will be headquartered at Jinhae Naval Base in South Gyeongsang and will have a fleet of 13 submarines with ambitious plans to expand in the coming years. South Korea’s submarine push comes at a time when there is growing concern about North Korea’s undersea capabilities. North Korea is believed to have over 70 submarines, many of them midget subs, but also around 20 Russian-built 1,800-ton Romeo-class submarines.