North Korean Naval Ship Mysteriously Sank

Unclear why it went down or how many died

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the cemetery of fallen fighters of the KPA Navy Unit 790 at an undisclosed location in North Korea in a photo released on Nov. 2, 2013.

A North Korean naval vessel sank last month, according to media reports in North and South Korea, but the details, including the number of causalities and the reason, remain a mystery.

In a rare report on a military mishap, the North’s official news agency said Saturday that an unspecified number of deaths occurred while a submarine chaser was performing “combat duties,” the Associated Press reports. State media also reported that leader Kim Jong Un visited a military cemetery and displayed images of the leader beside stone markers inscribed with “Oct. 13.”

In South Korea, a media report citing an unidentified military source said the vessel was built in the 1960s and may have sunk as a result of its age.

[AP]

22 comments
mariachi64a
mariachi64a

Me thinks it was failed/aborted mutiny.

columbare1
columbare1

It seems unlike North Korea to even announce that one of their ships sank.   And also why did'nt they claim claim it was sunk by the U.S. or South Korea .  Maybe there is more to this sinking than is being told.

BobFromDistrict9
BobFromDistrict9

We are flying airplanes manufactured in the '50s today. Actually, a lot longer than that, but less common. 


The B52 bombers still flying were built in 1962. 


Back in the early 1970s I was working on communication equipment and radar on ships built in the early 1900s. 


It ain't that age of the ship. Either it was badly built or badly maintained. Or, maybe, sunk deliberately, maybe by crewmen.

emeraldseatown
emeraldseatown

"Mysterious?"


It probably had something to do the hull being unable to keep the water out, maybe because that ship was manufactured half a century ago and North Korea isn't exactly known for their diligent or skilled maintenance.

AndyLangdale
AndyLangdale

I was going to comment, but I'm too scared i'll moke a typo.

nyfry
nyfry

"may have sank"???

are you kidding me?

may have SUNK.

Karl
Karl

Since the North sank a South Korean ship a couple of years ago with scores of lives lost I'm sure that there is every reason to suspect the South did this. They would be fools not to have bided (your spell checker is too limited in its' vocabulary)  their time and taken some revenge. It's something any other state on the planet would have done. 

pageup4943
pageup4943

This is bull they were chasing a atomic sub and got to close, boom...

DavidHall
DavidHall

>> the details, including the number of causalities

CASUALTIES, not "causalities."

irrenmann
irrenmann

@Karl If the North had any reason to claim that, or could even lie about it with any chance whatsoever of being believed, they'd be claiming that already. Their silence on the cause is instead because the ship sank for an embarrassing reason that casts doubt on their naval readiness. 

AlexanderWayland-James
AlexanderWayland-James

@Karl thats just petty and stupid. South Korea wants peace and sees the North as its long lost brother.... the North claims to want unification but I'm pretty sure they know (at least the generals) that the South is doing it right. This isn't like Israel and Palestine, this is more like Pennsylvania and the random cliques of Amish that wish to remain in the past.

english-stuff
english-stuff

@Karl @pageup4943 Before you start getting all pedantic over an obvious typo, go back and insert a comma between "lives lost" and "I'm sure" in your previous comment. Also, there's no apostrophe in the possessive "its."

BobFromDistrict9
BobFromDistrict9

@JaiMishaThere should have been two apostrophes in that "lives lost" sentence. Find where the second one is missing.

JaiMisha
JaiMisha

@english-stuff Before you're through being pedantic about other people being pedantic, be sure to point out that they forgot the differences between "to" and "too".