Google Earth finds mysterious Nork ship

Eeenteresting.

Google Earth is making waves with an image of a warship anchoring, its weapons removed, in Nampo port near the Taedong River in North Korea. The 3,000-ton Krivak-class frigate was manufactured in Russia.

The picture of the 3,000-ton destroyer has set tongues wagging because the North was only known to have three warships with a displacement of more than 1,000 tons — two 1,500-ton Najin-class frigates manufactured in the 1970s and one 1,600-ton Soho-class frigate in the 1980s.

There’s a pretty good shot of it at the link, along with some speculation about its purpose, which could be anything from a floating museum to an as yet unfitted warship. North Korea would be foolish to attempt tangling with the South Korean navy. The South Koreans have built their own Aegis destroyers. Those ships are not to be messed with.