South Korea Joins Asia’s Naval Arms Race
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  • tarentius

    The Kim Jwa-jin is a 214 type submarine of German design built by South Korea under license. It’s the fourth ROK submarine of this type and the 214 has been less than successful. In fact, the South Koreans have accused the German manufacturer of using the submarines built for South Korea to correct the many faults in them to improve them for the export market.
    These subs are extremely noisy, are unstable when moving on the surface, have periscope problems, and leak.
    Once again, VM is taking propaganda from a government minister at face value.
    And once again, the Izumo is not an aircraft carrier.
    Would VM please hire someone who can tell the difference between an M-16 and an F-16!

  • rheddles

    Building navies is what wealthy, maritime trading nations do. Why is ours shrinking?

  • Corlyss

    Hey, what are you mice behind the curtain doing while the cat’s away? Playing poker? Shootin’ craps? The stories briefed here have slowed to a trickle. The only reason I can think of is that the Prof is off. Com’on, guys and gals! Get with the program!

    • rheddles

      Apparently responsibility for lashings was not delegated.

      • Corlyss

        These Ivory Tower types! They are soooo impractical.

  • Tom Chambers

    It is amusing to see the old Izumo made out as an important combatant ship of WWII. It was an old, slow, long-obsolete cruiser that had been downgraded to a coast-defense vessel, unfit for regular fleet duty, and it got the flagship role in imperial Japan’s China campaign because (1) China had pretty much nothing to oppose it; (2) that’s all it was good for.

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