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Cheonan Damage Consistent with a Torpedo


See Geoff Forden on the typical damage profile of a modern torpedo, and how that relates to Cheonan.

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  • Marc

    As one or more comments have pointed out (and the author himself mentioned in passing), the damage is consistent with a torpedo or a mine exploding under the keel. Ignoring the mine aspect biases the discussion towards assuming it was a planned act…

    • Robert Farley

      Two things:

      1. I find the mine less likely; no mines from the war have been discovered since 1986, and in any case it would be extremely unlikely for a single mine to find its way into this area and then hit a ship.

      2. If it was a mine, that hardly indicates lack of intention; mines are often laid with the intention of destroying ships.

  • Anonymous


    I’m liking the random or loose mine theory, meself. Looks like the corvette was hit in the port bow, which was facing the island, from what I can gather. I suppose it’s also possible that a North sub captain decided that they had been spotted and cornered.

  • wengler

    Whatever the cause of the sinking, I would hesitate to leap to the conclusion that it is part of an overall strategy by the DPRK leadership. Ship sinkings and seizures have long been a feature of the 60 year conflict between the two Koreas.

    This conflict has also featured a far more serious actions including the Burma bombing, so there is no reason to consider this a prelude to a wider war.

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