6 February 2013. Matthew Aid writes about North Korean submarines:
Earlier today I posted a blog about the release of satellite imagery about
North Koreas naval bases. In going through the imagery, I discovered
that the author of the original piece on cryptome.org missed the North Korean
navys two most important facilities - the heavily protected submarine
bases on the island of Mayang-do at the village of
(40.0 N 128-10-36E); and the second sub base which located outside the
coastal village of
a/k/a Chaho (40-12-56N 128-38-39E). Both bases are situated on the
east coast of North Korea. ...
Most of these subs are clearly visible in currently available Google Earth
satellite imagery. For example, look at this
of four Romeo-class subs sharing the same berth at the Mayang-do sub
base. If you look just to the south of this berth, you will see two more
subs, one of which possibly a Romeo-class sub, docked at the base. About
1,000-meters to the southwest is another heavily protected dock complex housing
cluster of four Romeo-class submarines and possibly two of the smaller
[More at Mr. Aid's informative commentary.]
Cryptome: Excellent spotting. Goggle Earth's historical imagery provides
various submarine dockings at
during 2002-2012 and
4 February 2013
DPRK Naval Ports 1
There appear to be very few major naval bases on the western shore of North
Korea facing China. Far more on on the eastern shore facing Japan.
No active submarines have been seen. In the first photos
2 two are shown in drydock and look to be in disrepair.
On the eastern shore what appear to be two large amphibious craft were seen
along with a dozen or so smaller amphibious craft.
DPRK Naval Ports 2:
More northeastern ports to be shown in series 3.