This should give everyone an idea of how operationally ready the North Korean navy is if the reports of the ships sinking are true:
RECLUSIVE North Korea has taken the rare step of admitting one of its own naval vessels sunk during “combat duties” off the country’s east coast last month.
Pictures released by the rogue state’s government-controlled news agency, KCNA, show dictator Kim Jong-un visiting a memorial to the dead sailors from the vessel, thought to number at least 20.
It is extremely rare for North Korea’s leadership to divulge details of any military operation, let alone one that ends in failure, humiliation and the loss of its own forces.
The KCNA report said “submarine chaser No 233 fell while performing combat duties in mid-October”, adding that Kim “took a measure for finding out all (the crew’s) bodies and holding a solemn funeral for them.”
The report didn’t specify what kind of operation the vessel was engaged in. It is thought to have sunk in the days after drills involving US and South Korean forces in waters to the south of the Korean peninsula concluded.
South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo newspaper – which often carries lurid stories from the north side of the Korean border – reported that two North Korean vessels had sunk last month killing “scores of sailors”.
Citing a military source, the paper said the vessels – a submarine chaser and a patrol boat – sunk off Wonsan in separate incidents a few days apart in mid-October. The report said South Korea had spotted North Korean forces trying to salvage the hulls of the two vessels. [The Australian]
You can read more at the link, but if the North Korean navy is in this bad of shape can you imagine what their Air Force is like?
You can read more over at NK News which has many more picture of Kim Jong-un’s visit to the memorial honoring the up to 30 sailors killed in the training accident.