Thursday, 15 February 2018

North Korean Navy units sighted at Samp’ot’ap on 20 June 1952 according to a CIA report dated 3 October 1952

An item reported that on 20 June 1952 wo patrol boats and a small transport belonging to the North Korean Navy were sighted at Samp’ot’ap (124.41&39.56), one kilometre west of Yongamp’o. The patrol vessels were lying side by side in a reeded costal area on the position 124.21&39,56, 400 metres northwest of the former grain warehouse and at low tide marooned on dry land. With the use is dry yellow reeds bundles was tried to camouflage the boats. It were two different types. One grey painted was armoured, had as dimensions 20 x 4,5 metres and fitted out with 1-150hp engine. The second wood built boat was smaller with as dimensions 18 x 4 metres and just a lees powerful engine with just 90hp. The transport was anchored during the night on a position of 1 kilometres west of the grain warehouse and no attempts were done to camouflage her. At daytime she transported gravel between Yongdae-san (12420&39.56) and a location 2 kilometres north of Yongamp’o probably to construct a bank. A navy company of the navy was stationed at a former grain warehouse located 900 metres west of Yongamp’o on the position 124.21&39.56. In a comment was remarked that this was presumably the former grain warehouse of Samp’ot’ao.

1. The North Korean War between 25 June 1950 and 27 July 1953 was between North and South Korea. North Korea was supported by China and the Soviet Union while South Korea was supported by the United Nations.

The report was published on, document number CIA-RDP82-00457R014100280001-8.