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  • British warship fires dummy torpedo into nuclear naval base

    03/17/2014 6:15:04 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 14, 2014
    A British warship accidentally launched an inert torpedo during a training exercise on Wednesday, sending a dummy weapon crashing into a wharf at a naval base in southern England used by nuclear submarines.
  • New Italian torpedo test fired

    01/31/2014 9:30:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 31, 2014
    LIVORNO, Italy, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A new torpedo from Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei has been launched in a test by the Italian Navy. The company said the Black Shark advanced torpedo was fired from the submarine Scire in "push out" mode, a water ram expulsion system that ejects the torpedo by means of high water pressure. The firing was a test to assess progress in development of the torpedo, which will replace A-184 torpedoes now in service with the Italian Navy. "The Black Shark is the result of Italian research and cutting-edge technology," said Alessandro Franzoni, chief executive officer of...
  • Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew (Israel)

    09/26/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Ynetnews.com ^ | 09.26.13 | Yoav Zitun
    Torpedoes and sandals: The daily life of a submarine's crew A half-billion dollars worth submarine carries IDF soldiers to covert ops thousands of miles away from home. What does keeping quiet has to do with missile precision? What do they do when a soldier needs surgery? And who's the lucky guy who gets a daily shower? Ynet gets rare glimpse into Israel's most covert unit Few IDF soldiers receive a personal thank-you from a major general when they return to their base after an operation. Thus, the importance of the submarine unit, one of the most covert units in the...
  • Navy finally developing counter to Soviet-era weapon that is being used by China

    06/20/2013 12:01:52 PM PDT · by Saint X · 12 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | June 20, 2013 | U.S. Naval Insitute
    The Navy has taken its first steps to develop a weapon designed to intercept and destroy guided enemy torpedoes immune to U.S. countermeasures, Naval Sea Systems Command officials told USNI News on Wednesday. The Surface Ship Torpedo Defense (SSTD) program under development to protect high dollar surface warships — like the Navy’s Nimitz-class (CVN-71) nuclear aircraft carriers — from Soviet developed torpedoes specifically designed to attack large ships like aircraft carriers and large civillian oil tankers.
  • Experts find new evidence in submarine mystery

    01/29/2013 7:04:46 AM PST · by libstripper · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | BRUCE SMITH
    Researchers say they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave.
  • USS Willie D Greeting: "Don't Shoot we're Republicans!" [World War II]

    08/27/2012 12:42:08 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies
    The Ill-FatedUSS WILLIAM D. PORTER ["Willie D"] Kit Bonner, The Retired Officer Magazine, March 1994 --------------------------------------------------------- The "Willie Dee" created havoc from the time she was commissioned in July, 1943 until her unusual, and perhaps, charmed demise in June 1945. From November 1943 until her bizarre loss in June 1945, the American destroyer William D. Porter was often met with the clever greeting. "Don't shoot, we're Republicans!" when she entered port or joined other naval ships. The significance of this expression was almost a cult secret of the United States Navy until the story resurfaced and received wide publicity after...
  • ATLAS ELEKTRONIK sets new range record for Torpedoes, reaching more than 140 Km

    05/16/2012 10:08:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 16 May 2012
    ATLAS ELEKTRONIK sets new range record for Torpedoes, reaching more than 140 Km ATLAS ELEKTRONIK has increased the reach of its torpedoes substantially, setting a new range record for torpedoes. At a test-firing in March 2012, the heavyweight torpedo SeaHake® mod4 ER (Extended Range) achieved a range of over 140 kilometres. SeaHake® mod 4 is the latest advancement of the DM 2 A4 heavyweight torpedo, which is in service with the German Navy as well as the navies of Turkey, Pakistan and Spain. By fully exploiting the system’s unique propulsion and battery technology, it became possible to surpass the maximum...
  • SUBMARINE SINKS DESTROYER

    12/28/2011 10:27:11 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Photobucket ^ | 12/28/11 | swampsniper
    Awesome torpedo!
  • Hedy Lamarr’s World War II Adventure

    12/20/2011 9:27:15 PM PST · by Tex-Con-Man · 40 replies
    NYTimes ^ | December 15, 2011 | JOHN ADAMS
    ... Hedy Lamarr avoided the celebrity party circuit, preferring small gatherings with close friends. At home she set up a drafting table and devoted her downtime to inventions, including a bouillon-like cube that when mixed with water would produce an instant soft drink. It was at a dinner at the home of the actress Janet Gaynor in 1940 that she met George ­Antheil. According to Antheil’s autobiography, “Bad Boy of Music,” Hedy requested the meeting because she had read one of his Esquire articles about glands. This was Hollywood, and the most beautiful woman in the world was concerned about...
  • Seoul to Deploy Sub-Killer Torpedoes

    08/15/2011 9:04:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Seoul to Deploy Sub-Killer Torpedoes The Navy will deploy Korean-made Hongsangeo (Red Shark) "submarine-killer" torpedoes on the Navy's top-end Aegis destroyer this month, it emerged on Sunday. "The Navy installed a torpedo launch system on the King Sejong the Great late last month and began the final sea acceptance test on Aug. 8," a military source said. "The tests are going well, so it'll be possible to deploy the torpedoes on the destroyer sometime late this month." The Hongsangeo is an anti-submarine missile that is launched vertically to avoid detection by enemy submarines and to increase its range. It is...
  • India to get anti-submarine torpedoes from US

    06/28/2011 8:56:19 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    India to get anti-submarine torpedoes from US Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, June 28, 2011 India will get lightweight anti-submarines torpedoes to arm the eight P-8I maritime patrol aircraft it is buying from the US, with the Obama administration notifying the potential sale to the US Congress on Tuesday. The news was welcomed by the US embassy in New Delhi, which said the sale of Mk -54 torpedoes reflects the mutual benefits of the India-US security relationship. The Pentagon has "officially notified" the potential sale of Mk-54 lightweight torpedoes to the Indian Navy. The Mk-54 is the most advanced lightweight...
  • Navy to upgrade torpedoes for troubled subs

    04/08/2011 9:03:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    CBC News, Canada ^ | Apr 8, 2011
    Navy to upgrade torpedoes for troubled subs CBC News Canada's navy plans to spend about $120 million to upgrade 36 torpedoes, but they still won't work in its four submarines without further refits, CBC News has learned. The navy has MK-48 American torpedoes in stock, but the four British-built submarines aren't capable of firing them. Even after the weapons are converted, Canada would still have to spend millions more to refit the submarines to fire them. Canada's plan to upgrade the torpedoes was revealed by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees arms sales to foreign countries. The agency...
  • World's largest gay cruise to depart Port Everglades

    02/06/2011 4:30:27 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 249 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 5, 2011 | Sally Kestin
    You've heard of chartering a yacht for vacation, but how about the world's largest cruise ship? Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas will set sail Sunday from Port Everglades on its first charter with nearly 5,400 gay and lesbian passengers. The "world's largest gay cruise" sold out in just three weeks, according to the sponsor, Atlantis Events Inc. of Hollywood, Calif.
  • France Adds New Torpedo To Submarine Arsenal

    02/02/2011 7:18:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Aviationweek.com ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | Christina Mackenzie
    France Adds New Torpedo To Submarine Arsenal Feb 2, 2011 By Christina Mackenzie St. Tropez, France Torpedoes are potent weapons, if rarely used. Excluding the sinking of a South Korean ship last March by North Korea, the last torpedo used in combat was by the Royal Navy in the Falklands War, “and they used a torpedo from World War II,” says Marc Le Roy, director of BU ASM (Business Unit Armes Sous Marines), the underwater weapons business of French naval systems developer DCNS. Nevertheless, France is investing in the development of a new generation of heavyweight torpedo, the F21, which...
  • Russian admiral calls for deployment of torpedoes mothballed after Kursk disaster

    08/13/2010 9:25:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 12/08/2010
    Russian admiral calls for deployment of torpedoes mothballed after Kursk disaster A unique torpedo that was withdrawn from use after the Kursk submarine tragedy should be returned to the Russian Navy, a former North Fleet commander said on Thursday. The Kursk nuclear-propelled submarine sank in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000, following an onboard torpedo explosion, killing all 118 crewmembers. Then Navy chief Adm. Vladimir Kuroyedov banned the use of the Kit (series 65-76) 650-mm torpedoes on all Russian submarines after the incident. "These torpedoes have unique specifications and are the fastest and most powerful torpedoes in the world,"...
  • N. Korea: `NK Torpedo Had Quality Assurance Mark in Catalog`

    06/22/2010 7:38:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 06/22/10
    `NK Torpedo Had Quality Assurance Mark in Catalog` JUNE 22, 2010 12:13 A catalog promoting a North Korean torpedo that allegedly sank the South Korean warship Cheonan had the name of a North Korean economic organization printed on it as well as a certification of quality, a South Korean government source said Monday. The civilian-military joint investigation team found six parts of the torpedo written in Japanese after enlarging the weaponÂ’s design. This is because fonts were broken when design drawings contained in a CD-Rom were printed out on a Korean computer. A paper catalog made by North Korea is...
  • Caption These Photos: Gawking at Smoking Gun (Cheonan)

    05/26/2010 8:12:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1,231+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/25/10
    Caption These Photos: Gawking at Smoking Gun (Cheonan)
  • Scientists report Cheonan was sunk by Chinese torpedo from North Korean sub

    05/21/2010 6:02:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 933+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 5/19/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    North Korean submarine fired a Chinese-made torpedo to sink the South Korean warship Cheonan, South Korean scientists said. If confirmed, it would implicate China in the incident that killed 46 South Korean sailors and increased tensions on the volatile Korean peninsula. U.S. defenders of China’s communist government dismissed the report, saying there was no way to confirm whether a Chinese torpedo and not a North Korean-manufactured torpedo was used. China affairs specialist William Triplett II said the sinking exposes a Beijing-Pyongyang arms relationship, something that is rarely mentioned in discussions of North Korea’s missile and weapons buildup. U.S. intelligence reports...
  • U.S. Cautious not to Provoke War in Korea (oh brother)

    05/20/2010 4:28:23 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 26 replies · 626+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 05/20/10 | Justin Fishel
    Almost two months after a South Korean warship sunk mysteriously in the Yellow Sea, officials in Seoul announced an international investigation concluded a North Korean homing torpedo was to blame. The Obama administration stood firmly behind the South Koreans on Thursday, calling the attack "unacceptable." White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said North Korea's actions will only further isolate them from the international community. "We strongly condemn this act of aggression against the Republic of Korea and send our condolences to those families of the 46 sailors that lost their lives," Gibbs said. Yet the administration was cautious not provoke...
  • NKorea warns of war if punished for ship sinking

    05/20/2010 8:51:09 AM PDT · by faq · 13 replies · 572+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | May 20, 2010 | JEAN H. LEE and HYUNG-JIN KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea said Thursday that South Korea fabricated evidence implicating the North in a torpedo attack in order to pick on the North and any attempt at retaliating for the warship's sinking would be answered with "all-out war." South Korean President Lee Myung-bak vowed "stern action" for the attack after a multinational investigation issued its long-awaited results Thursday, concluding the North fired a torpedo that sank the Cheonan navy ship March 26 near the Koreas' tense sea border. "If the (South Korean) enemies try to deal any retaliation or punishment, or if they try sanctions or...
  • [S. Korean Ship Cheonan] Torpedo Evidence (photos)

    05/20/2010 2:25:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 4,277+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/20/10
    Pieces of torpedo propeller recovered Smoking Gun Left: A marking in Korean says "No. 1" Right: the marking from North Korea's practice torpedo SK navy recovered years ago. Chemical make-up in different parts of NK torpedo Top: N. Korea's CHT-02D torpedo Bottom: recovered propeller(matches CHT-02D specification) (Note: CHT-02D is a N. Korean torpedo manufactured for export. It is a passive tracking acoustic torpedo with 21 inch in diameter, 7.35m long, weighs 1.7 ton, and carries 250kg of explosive. Its range is 10~15km) Propeller during the recovery phase
  • South Koreans display wreckage of sunken patrol ship

    05/19/2010 11:10:47 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 51 replies · 1,174+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 19, 2010 | Ashley Rowland
    PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Investigators let media have a look at the wreckage of the Cheonan on Wednesday, the day before South Korea was to formally announce that a North Korea torpedo sank the South Korean patrol ship. The wreckage of the March 26 sinking was retrieved from the Yellow Sea near the maritime border between the two Koreas and hauled to South Korea’s Second Fleet Command base in Pyeongtaek. Yoon Duk-yong, an investigator with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, told reporters Wednesday that evidence from the recovered pieces of the ship points to a torpedo attack....
  • [S. Korea: Cheonan] Torpedo’s Serial Number Found to be in N. Korean Typeface (smoking gun)

    05/18/2010 6:32:07 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 53 replies · 1,826+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/19/10 | Ju Yongjung & Ryu Yongwon
    /begin my excerpts Torpedo's Serial Number Found to be in N. Korean Typeface Ju Yongjung Ryu Yongwon, military affairs reporter 2010.05.19 03:00 An intact pair of 'torpedo propellers’ recovered, engraving style analyzed ... U.S. and Australian experts also agree (Torpedo) exploded 3 meters under the turbine room... Cheonan's lost engine room found Government source said on May 18, "Cheonan was sunk by a torpedo and we found a smoking gun that proves that it is made in N. Korea, after intensive investigation in recent days by civilian-military team." The investigation team recently recovered relatively intact torpedo propellers on the sea...
  • South Korea to Accuse North of Torpedo Attack

    05/18/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 848+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 5/18/2010 | Choe Sang-Hun
    South Korea has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors, according to government officials and domestic news reports on Tuesday. South Korean officials are preparing to announce the results of their investigation later this week. The much anticipated finding will accuse North Korea of committing one of the worst military provocations on the Korean Peninsula since the end of the Korean War, deepening tensions between the countries. North Korea, denying involvement in the sinking, has vowed to retaliate against any attempt to link it with the March 26 explosion that broke...
  • South Korea: North responsible for torpedo attack on warship

    05/18/2010 1:02:54 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 33 replies · 1,068+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2010 | John Pomfret and Blaine Harden
    South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for launching a torpedo at one of its warships in March, causing an explosion that killed 46 sailors and heightened tensions in one of the world's most perilous regions, U.S. and East Asian officials said. South Korea reached its conclusion that North Korea was responsible for the attack after investigators from Australia, Britain, Sweden and the United States pieced together portions of the ship at the port of Pyongtaek, 40 miles southwest of Seoul. The Cheonan sank on March 26, following an explosion that rocked the vessel as it sailed in...
  • S. Korea:Cheonan Investigators Find Pieces of Torpedo Propeller(Chinese torpedo?)

    05/17/2010 9:03:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1,000+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/18/10
    Cheonan Investigators Find Pieces of Torpedo Propeller Investigators have apparently discovered pieces of a propeller from a torpedo, which could provide valuable clues to exactly what caused the Navy corvette Cheonan to sink on March 26. "In a search using fishing trawlers, we recently discovered pieces of debris that are believed to have come from the propeller of the torpedo that attacked the Cheonan," a high-ranking government source said Monday. "Analysis of the debris shows it may have originated from China or a former Eastern-bloc country like the former Soviet Union." If conclusive evidence is found for North Korea's role...
  • South Korea Gets Ready For Anything

    05/15/2010 10:42:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 808+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    South Korea, alarmed at what appears to be the North Korean use of a Yu-3 type torpedo to sink one of their warships, has undertaken to reform their armed forces to better deal with tactics like this. North Korea officially denies having anything to do with the loss of the 1200 ton corvette Cheonan, but most North Koreans accept the fact that North Korea did the deed, and northerners are proud of that. Examination of the salvaged wreckage made it clear that it was an external explosion, using military grade explosives, that sank the ship and killed 46 sailors on...
  • China backs N. Korea on sinking of the Cheonan near border

    05/14/2010 9:19:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 332+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 7/12/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    Beijing is approaching the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan with caution to avoid damaging its relations with its fraternal communist neighbor North Korea, U.S. officials say. In this April 24, 2010 file photo, a giant offshore crane salvages the bow section of the South Korean naval ship Cheonan off Baengnyeong Island, South Korea. AP/Yonhap, Choi Jae-Ku Chinese President Hu Jintao offered sympathetic remarks on the sinking of the Cheonan during a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak at the opening of the Shanghai World Expo. But Chinese state-run media did not report Hu's comments. According to non-Chinese...
  • South Korea closer to blaming North for sinking ship

    05/13/2010 5:50:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 296+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/13/2010 | CheonanReuters
    South Korea came closer on Thursday to blaming North Korea for the sinking of a navy ship in March that killed 46 sailors with reports saying it plans economic measures to punish Pyongyang for a suspected torpedo attack.South Korea has not officially accused the North of sinking its navy ship but has made little secret of its belief Pyongyang deliberately torpedoed the 1,200 corvette Cheonan near their disputed border in retaliation for a naval clash last year. "The sinking of the Cheonan showed the cold hard realities of division (on the peninsula) for the world to see," South Korea's pointman...
  • Warship blast fragments compared to NKorea torpedo

    05/12/2010 9:51:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 475+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/12/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Experts investigating the blast which sank a South Korean warship are checking salvaged metal fragments against a North Korean torpedo which Seoul retrieved seven years ago, a report said Thursday. South Korea has mounted a multinational probe into what caused the explosion which split the 1,200-tonne corvette the Cheonan in two near the disputed border with the North on March 26. "Comparisons are underway to check if metal pieces recovered from the Cheonan are made of material similar to that of a North Korean torpedo," an unidentified military official told Yonhap news agency. The official was quoted as saying the...
  • First torpedo launched from Airbus Military C295 MPA

    05/10/2010 7:46:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 560+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 5/10/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Airbus Military successfully conducted the first torpedo launch from one of its C295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA). This represents an important milestone in the development of the antisubmarine version of the C295 MPA. It is also a significant entry for Airbus Military into the market of Anti Submarine Warfare (ASW) aircraft, currently dominated by veteran aircraft such as the P-3 Orion and the Atlantique. The C295 MPA/ASW includes two under-wing pylons for the installation of torpedoes and other external loads. It also incorporates a Store Management System (SMS), integrated with the Airbus Military Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS), to control...
  • S.Korea confirms high explosive traces on ship wreckage(Update)

    05/10/2010 12:20:43 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 283+ views
    ASDNews ^ | 5/10/2010 | ASDNews
    South Korea's defence minister confirmed Monday that traces of high explosive were found on the wreckage of a warship sunk by a mystery blast, indicating it was probably hit by a torpedo. The 1,200-tonne corvette was split in two near the tense Yellow Sea border with North Korea on March 26. Suspicion has fallen on the North. Defence Minister Kim Tae-Young, confirming earlier media reports that had been denied by his ministry, said investigators had found traces of RDX explosive, which is widely used in torpedoes. The discovery means a torpedo was the likeliest cause of the disaster, Kim said...
  • Iran warship tests home-built torpedo: report

    05/09/2010 9:34:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Yahoo News.com ^ | 5/9/2010 | Yahoo News.com
    Iranian warship the Jamaran on Sunday test-fired a home-built torpedo for the first time as part of ongoing naval war games in the Gulf, state television's website reported. "This torpedo is anti-submarine and when it is fired from the warship, it automatically hunts for the submarine and destroys it," navy commander Arya Hassani was quoted as saying. The report said the torpedo was fired from the Iran-built Jamaran, which was deployed earlier this year. It has a displacement of around 1,400 tonnes and is equipped for electronic warfare. On Wednesday the Islamic republic's navy began eight days of manoeuvres in...
  • Explosives traces found on sunken S.Korea warship

    05/05/2010 11:24:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 494+ views
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | 5/06/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    Traces of explosive from a torpedo have been found on debris from a sunken South Korean warship, fuelling suspicions that North Korea sank the vessel, a report said Thursday. Aluminium fragments from a torpedo casing have also been found, Dong-A Ilbo newspaper quoted a member of a team investigating the blast as saying. President Lee Myung-Bak hinted Tuesday that North Korea was involved in the sinking, which cost 46 lives. He promised a "resolute" response when the cause is established following the multinational probe. The unidentified team member was quoted as saying the explosive traces were found on a funnel...
  • Kim Jong-il Spokesperson Blames Torpedo Attack On The U.S. Friendly Fire

    05/04/2010 6:18:01 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 378+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-4-2010 | Gus Lubin
    Kim Jong-il Spokesperson Blames Torpedo Attack On The U.S. Friendly Fire Gus Lubin May. 4, 2010, 7:37 AM Kim Jong-il has been denying any connection to the torpedo attack on South Korea's warship. Now his friend and unofficial spokesperson, Kim Myong Chol, takes it a step further by blaming the U.S. Kim's article in Asia Times claims North Korea had no reason to attack the Cheonan, nor did they have the military capability to launch a stealth attack. Meanwhile, Kim says America was running war games in the area and could easily have sunk the ship accidentally. It's a pretty...
  • US hints at North Korean torpedo attack

    05/02/2010 8:49:39 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 741+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 5/02/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    The U.S. government believes a North Korean torpedo attack was the most likely cause of the March 26 sinking of a South Korean warship, a foreign diplomatic source in Seoul said Sunday, citing solid "circumstantial evidence." The remarks come as South Koreans increasingly believe the communist North was responsible for the sinking that left 46 sailors dead. A joint investigation team involving U.S. and other foreign experts has tentatively concluded that the mysterious sinking was due to a "close-range" explosion under the 1,200-ton frigate Cheonan while it was on patrol in waters off the disputed western sea border with North...
  • Suspicious pieces collected from S Korean warship sinking area(torpedo pieces?)

    05/01/2010 7:42:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 675+ views
    Xinhua ^ | 04/30/10
    Suspicious pieces collected from S Korean warship sinking area English.news.cn 2010-04-30 22:09:27 SEOUL, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Some suspicious metal and plastic pieces of debris have been collected from waters where the South Korean naval frigate "Cheonan" went down late March. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young made the revelation before the parliamentary defense committee on Friday, according to Yonhap News Agency. Kim said so far a total of 540 pieces of debris have been collected from the area, and there are one plastic piece and four aluminum pieces have been found among 193 items that have been analyzed by experts. The...
  • South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, Won't Accuse North Korea

    05/01/2010 7:16:49 AM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,312+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-1-2010 | Gus Lubin
    South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, But Still Won't Accuse North Korea Gus Lubin May. 1, 2010, 8:57 AM South Korea's own CSI team has figured out the exact cause of the Cheonan shipwreck, except for one key detail. Here's what they know so far, according to Chosun Ilbo: A team of scientists believes that the Navy corvette Cheonan sank after being hit by a heavy 206 kg torpedo that ran at a speed of 65 km/h.... exploded underwater 2.3 m from the ship with power equivalent to 206 kg of TNT... a series of...
  • Two North Korean submarines unaccounted for at time the Cheonan was sunk

    04/30/2010 3:19:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 574+ views
    East-Asia-Intel.com(subscription) ^ | 4/21/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com(subscription)
    South Korea's military is increasingly confident that a North Korea submarine was involved in the explosion and sinking of a South Korean warship that has left 38 dead and eight missing. The 1,200-ton navy corvette, the Cheonan, was ripped apart on March 26 during a routine patrol near the tense border with North Korea. It was "most likely to be attacked by either a mine or a torpedo from a North Korean submarine," a military official said. South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan sails during a naval operation on the sea March 23, just three days before it sank off Baengnyeongdo,...
  • Scientists Say Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank Cheonan

    04/30/2010 6:03:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 53 replies · 1,208+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 4/30/2010 | Chosun Ilbo
    A team of scientists believes that the Navy corvette Cheonan sank after being hit by a heavy 206 kg torpedo that ran at a speed of 65 km/h. Bae Myung-jin, a professor at the Sound Engineering Research Lab of Soongsil University, on Thursday said his team analyzed data about the seismic waves generated at the time of explosion of the Cheonan, which were provided by the Korea Meteorological Administration and the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources. "As a result, we presume that the torpedo ran at the Cheonan at the speed of 65.7 km/h and exploded underwater 2.3...
  • Torpedo Attack 'Could Be Proved from State of Wreck Alone'

    04/29/2010 10:25:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 605+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 4/30/2010 | Chosun Ilbo
    Government officials say the wrecked hull of the Navy corvette Cheonan could in itself provide powerful evidence what kind of external explosion sank the ship on March 26, even if no shrapnel from a torpedo or mine is found. "We'd better not jump to any conclusion until the final outcome of the investigation, but the salvaged hull itself can constitute evidence," Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun said Thursday. A senior government official asked, "Is there decisive evidence other than the salvaged hull? It's important to find shrapnel of an explosive device, but that would be nothing but corroborating evidence." The...
  • South Korea Now Knows A Torpedo Sank The Cheonan... Still Looking For An Excuse Not To Go To War

    04/26/2010 7:17:19 AM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,164+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 4-26-2010 | Gus Lubin
    South Korea Now Knows A Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, But Country Still Looking For An Excuse Not To Go To War Gus Lubin Apr. 26, 2010, 8:42 AM The Cheonan sank on March 26. A South Korean investigation found that the Cheonan warship was brought down by a "non-contact underwater explosion" caused by a mine or torpedo. The ship wreckage shows no evidence of an internal explosion, metal fatigue, or the ship striking a reef, according to Chosun Ilbo. But South Korean top brass is avoiding any mention of the rogue state next door. President Lee Myung-bak has promised to...
  • SKorean minister: Torpedo likely sank warship

    04/25/2010 2:51:39 AM PDT · by Enchante · 9 replies · 609+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | April 25, 2010 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    SEOUL, South Korea – An explosion from a torpedo likely sank a South Korean warship that went down near the tense border with North Korea last month, the South's defense minister said Sunday amid growing speculation Pyongyang may be behind the blast. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said the most likely cause of the disaster was a torpedo exploding near the ship, with the force of the underwater blast ripping the vessel apart. Investigators who examined salvaged wreckage separately announced Sunday that a close-range, external explosion likely sank it. "Basically, I think the bubble jet effect caused by a heavy torpedo...
  • S.Korea raises warship, finds clues on sinking (torpedo)

    04/24/2010 2:03:58 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 63 replies · 4,104+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 April, 2010 | Jon Herskovitz and Jungyoun Park
    South Korea on Saturday raised the front half of a warship that exploded and sank a month ago near a contested sea border with North Korea, finding clues that support growing suspicions Pyongyang attacked the vessel. The 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan sank in what military officials said was a torpedo attack. Forty-six South Korean sailors were killed in what could be one of the deadliest strikes by Pyongyang on its rival since the end of the Korean War. The North denies involvement. South Korea's president on Friday gave the clearest signal yet Seoul had no plan to launch a revenge attack,...
  • South Korea to act over warship's sinking

    04/23/2010 6:00:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Australian ^ | April 24, 2010 | Peter Alford
    ANXIETY is mounting in Seoul and Washington as South Korea braces for an inquiry finding that its warship, the Cheonan, was sunk by a North Korean torpedo, at the cost of 46 lives. With leaks from the Defence Ministry and military intelligence blaming the North Koreans for the March 26 explosion, South Korean, US and Australian experts are close to interim reports on the cause of the sinking. President Lee Myung-bak's administration is agonising over whether military retaliation should be part of a "proportionate" response to the suspected attack, with Mr Lee telling war veterans this week: "We will take...
  • Military Increasingly Convinced of N.Korean Sub Attack

    04/19/2010 4:48:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 781+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 4/19/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    Military officials and experts believe that if a North Korean torpedo was involved in the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan, it was probably launched from a 325-ton Shark-class submarine. The sub ranks between a full-blown submarine and a mini-sub in terms of size. South Korean military intelligence are reportedly focusing on the fact that one or two Shark-class submarines from a submarine base in Cape Bipagot, South Hwanghae Province are unaccounted for during the time of the Cheonan's sinking. The Bipagot submarine base is around 80 km from Baeknyeong Island. Shark-class submarines can travel at speeds of...
  • S. Korea: Torpedo Attack Likeliest Cause of Shipwreck

    04/05/2010 8:39:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 1,822+ views
    Torpedo Attack Likeliest Cause of Shipwreck Military authorities believe that a strong external shock was the reason for the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan, on March 26, with a torpedo, mine or depth charge the most likely to generate enough impact. The most likely suspect is a torpedo. â—† Torpedo, Mine or Depth Charge? Torpedoes and mines attack from under the surface of the ocean, while depth charges are thrown into the water from airplanes or ships to hit submarines. Torpedoes travel between 60 km/h to 70 km/h powered by propellers and can hit targets that are between hundreds...
  • S. Korea: 'Torpedo More Probable Cause Than Mine' (Cheonan's Sinking)

    04/02/2010 3:33:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 767+ views
    Korea Times ^ | 04/02/10 | Jung Sung-ki, Lee Tae-hoon
    04-02-2010 18:41 'Torpedo More Probable Cause Than Mine' President Lee Myung-bak offers his condolences Friday to family members of the late Han Joo-ho, the Navy warrant officer who died Tuesday after experiencing decompression sickness during an operation to rescue missing sailors of the sunken Cheonan, at a memorial service in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province. / Korea Times By Jung Sung-ki, Lee Tae-hoon Staff Reporters Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said Friday that the more-likely cause of the Cheonan's tragic sinking was a torpedo attack rather than an underwater mine. ``Both torpedoes and mines are possible causes of the sinking. But I believe...
  • South Korean ship fires at unidentified vessel

    03/26/2010 8:05:15 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 236 replies · 12,864+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | March 26, 2010
    South Korean naval ship fired at an unidentified vessel to the north on Friday after a South Korean naval vessel began sinking, the Yonhap news agency reported. Broadcaster SBS said many sailors were feared dead on the stricken ship.
  • South Korean navy ship 'sinking near North'

    03/26/2010 7:53:34 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 57 replies · 2,236+ views
    BREAKING NEWS: A South Korean navy ship with about 100 personnel on board is sinking off the west coast near North Korea, possibly due to a torpedo attack, reports say. The ship was sinking near Baengnyeong island, Yonhap news agency quoted navy officials as saying. The cause of the incident, which happened late on Friday night local time, was not known, the report said. A rescue operation is said to be under way. There were no immediate reports of casualties, Yonhap said.