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South Korean Warship Attacked, Sunk

By Wyatt Earp | March 26, 2010

A South Korean warship was attacked and sunk this morning in the Yellow Sea. The South claims the ship was attacked by a North Korean torpedo, which seems likely since the North has fired at South Korean warships recently.

Strap yourselves in kids, this may be a prelude to war.

A South Korean naval vessel with more than 100 aboard has sunk in waters near North Korea after an explosion ripped through the ship. The ship – reported to have 104 crew on board – sank off the coast of South Korean-controlled Baengnyeong Island close to the disputed maritime border with North Korea.

According to an official at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the explosion occurred about 10.45 pm local time, but the exact cause was not immediately clear. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported an explosion in the rear of the 1,200-ton ship, but the official said he could not confirm the report.

Early reports suspected a torpedo attack from a North Korean ship.

DrewM. reminds us that “we have about 30,000 troops stationed in South Korea so if anything starts, we are in it.” Not good.

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13 Responses to “South Korean Warship Attacked, Sunk”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Cry havoc..and unlock the nuclear weapons lockers on the carriers, much cheaper than a shootin’ war.

  2. Rick Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I heard a report there was a explosion on the ship.It was not attacked.But then the way the media lies who knows.

  3. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Jon – No doubt about that.

    Rick – Fair enough. The initial reports had claims that it was a torpedo attack, and with the recent shootings on the mart of the NorKs, who knows?

  4. Ingineer66 Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Could they have hit a mine in those waters? This is likely to be ugly no matter what happens.

  5. proof Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    “disputed maritime border” sounds so innocuous compared to the reality!

  6. minuteman26 Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    South Korea is on its own. Obama won’t do anything to help.

  7. Raptor Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Just got an email from STRATFOR (I signed up because I needed an article of theirs for a research paper), and S. Korea is claiming that N. Korea was not involved.

    Why don’t I believe this?

    Minuteman, I believe you are correct. Sad but true. We’ve got a yellow-bellied numbnuts wimp for POTUS.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Ingineer66 – People still deploy mines? I may put some by my beach house rental.

    Proof – Definitely sanitized for your protection.

    Minuteman26 – It could be worse. Israel could be involved.

    Raptor – I’m sorry, but “numbnuts” is always a funny word.

  9. tjbbpgobIII Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Minuteman, you are correct, I can also see him sacraificing the 30,000 men and women there to stay out of it and send a nasty letter instead.

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    tjbbpgobIII – Or he’ll issue an order telling them to stand down and remain neutral.

  11. Old NFO Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    The alert level is up at Seventh Fleet, but no ‘overt’ response… There IS a possibility it was a friendly fire incident from another PG in the area. Other possibilities are mine or torp, but apparently no wake was sighted prior to the explosion. Also, realistic possibility something went South on the PG and it was self caused. We DO have a mutual aid pact with SK that DOES require a response from us, which will out of PU’s hands if things really go South… Also, C7F will not leave the Army to swing in the wind.

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Old NFO – Jesus, if it was friendly fire . . .

  13. Jon Brooks Says:
    March 26th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    If the waters are shallow enough a deep dive submersible should be able to tell if the bulkheads and plates are blown, in or out. That should clear it up. But would they tell us?