North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a man who gets around. The daily annals of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) are filled with his exploits, accomplishments, various deeds and, of course, honors and acclamations. Recently, Kim added a spice of variety to his travels by going to sea on one of his Navy’s Romeo-class diesel submarines.
In pictures and a story released June 16, Kim — Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army (KPA), first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK – is shown visiting Naval Unit 167, a unit also visited by his father Kim Jong-Il and grandfather Kim Il-Sung.
He was greeted by Senior Vice Adm. Kim Myong Sik, KPA naval commander, Rear Adm. Jin Chol Su, commander of the KPA Large Combined Unit 597, and Rear Adm. Nam Chon Hak, political commissar of the unit, according to KCNA.
After being shown around the base, Kim boarded Submarine 748 where, said KCNA, he was shown a “drill for launching torpedoes at the underwater comprehensive training room.” After a quick tour, he “personally guided the actual drill aboard it.”
Displaying his navigational prowess, Kim, according to KCNA, then “set the course of the submarine to the captain and taught him a good method of navigation, instilled energy and courage to display the spirit of bold attack into its seamen.”
Underway aboard 748, Kim took to the bridge to guide the Chinese-built submarine while cameras clicked.
Kim also visited Romeo 730, and presented gifts of binoculars and automatic rifles to the crewmen.
Kim was accompanied during the visit, added KCNA, by Korean People’s Army Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, and Army General Pyon In Son, first deputy chief of the KPA General Staff and director of its Operation Bureau.
All photos from the Korean Central News Agency via Agence France Presse. AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS.”
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