Kim Jong-un's love for 'obsolete' Romeo submarine
Published 17/06/2014 | 02:30
The admirals of the Soviet Union declared North Korea's prize submarine to be obsolete back in 1961, and Western experts stubbornly point out its inability to sink enemy vessels.
But Kim Jong-un, the "Supreme Leader" of North Korea, offered navigation tips and issued stern battle orders during a proud tour of a Romeo class submarine of the People's Navy.
Designed in the 1950s, the vessel was in production for the Soviet Union for only 48 months until being succeeded by nuclear-powered submarines 53 years ago.
Every other navy in the world then gave up on the Romeo, with its noisy and easily detectable diesel engine – apart, that is, from North Korea's.
Mr Kim's decision to pay a high-profile visit seems at odds with the official doctrine of the so-called People's Navy, which stresses the importance of concealment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)