Total Manpower Strength 46,000


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Parts shortages (or non-access)

  • Lack of Electronic Warfare equipment

  • Wear and tear of ships

  • Communications of KPN relies on ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications, in addition to using other military branch communications or civilian networks

  • KPN bases rely on fortified underground facilities for protection and concealment

  • Ship deployment to smaller FOB’s and civilian ports

  • Known base location coordinates



        • Ch’aho 40 12’ 26” N; 128 38’58” E

        • Munch’on 39 18’ 00” N; 127 23’ 54” E

        • Mayang-do 39 59’ 54” N; 128 12’ 50” E

        • Najin 42 09’ 24” N; 130 12’ 04” E

        • Namp’o (Chinnamp’o) 38 42’ 59” N; 125 23’ 12” E

        • Pip’a-got 38 35’ 29” N; 124 59’ 29” E

        • Sagon-Ni (Sa-got) 37 49’ 23” N; 125 20’ 57”E

        • Ch’o-do 38 32’ 09” N; 124 52’ 39” E

        • Ch’ongjin 41 46’ 34” N; 129 49’ 54” E

        • Chakto-dong (Chakto-ri) 39 48’ 58” N; 127 39’ 33” E

        • Haeju 37 59’ 47” N; 125 41’ 59” E

        • Hodo-ri 39 21’ 00” N; 127 32’ 00” E

        • Hwangt’o-do 39 10’ 00” N; 127 32’ 01” E

        • Kosong up (Changjon-ni) 38 44’ 25” N; 128 11’ 25” E

        • Kwangyang-ni 38 44’ 25” N; 125 13’ 30” E

        • Ohang-ni 39 18’ 52” N; 127 25’ 59” E

        • Puam-dong 41 19’ 34” N; 129 45’ 49” E

        • Sinch’ang-nodongjagu 40 08’ 11” N; 128 28’ 10” E

        • Songjin (Kimch’aek) 40 39’ 32” N; 129 12’ 27” E

        • Songjon-pando 39 21’ 56” N; 127 27’ 08” E

        • Sunwi-do 37 46’ 10” N; 125 20’ 18” E

        • T’oejo-dong (Nagwon-up) 39 54’ 13” N; 127 46’ 29” E

        • Wonsan 39 09’ 10” N; 127 26’ 37” E

        • Yoho-ri 39 52’ 20” N; 127 47’ 05” E

        • Yongdok 39 36’ 47” N; 124 37’ 52” E

        • Yongam-ni (Yongamnichung-ch’on) 40 24’ 35” N; 128 54’ 28” E

        • Yongamp’o 39 56’ 05” N; 124 22’ 23” E

        • Yukt’aedong-ni 40 01’ 29” N; 128 09’ 35” E



    • Training





      • Enlisted training

        • Conscript basic training conducted at KPN recruit centers at Wonsan and Namp’o, to be assigned to a training unit at a duty assignment upon completion of basic training – recruits that excel in their training unit/duty unit can be sent to the Navy Technical Training Center at Najin for advanced technical training

          • Navigation

          • Gunnery

          • Missiles

          • Radio

          • Communication

          • Engine maintenance

          • Etc.



    • Doctrine



      • All training based on the USSR/Chinese navy doctrine



      • The famine/economic crisis in the 1990s turned training more towards ideological/political indoctrination, resulting in a loss of capabilities

        • June 1999 losses in skirmishes around Yonp’yong-do Island caused the KPN to re-focus on afloat exercises, which, tapered down over time to a consistent pace since 2007



      • Use of defensive minefields in case of war



    • Research and Development

      • KONGBANG Class Hovercraft

        • Capacity – 35-50

        • 50km speed

        • Light armor

        • 50mm and 30mm machine guns at stern

          • Allegedly newer craft have been developed, with speeds up to 90 km an hour

          • Same specs

    SOURCE

    Sources


    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2792.htm

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