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Moscow says chases US sub away
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Moscow (AFP) Aug 09, 2014

New sub afloat in South Korea
Seoul (UPI) Aug 8, 2013 - Hyundai Heavy Industries has launched a new 214-class submarine, to be equipped with locally produced cruise missiles, for the South Korean Navy.

The vessel is the Yun Bong Gil Ham, which weighs 1,800 tons, is 214 feet long, and has a top speed of 20 knots.

The ship is the fifth 214-class submarine of the country's navy.

According to the Department of National Defense, the ship features an air independent propulsion system that charges the submarine's storage battery without air, enabling it to stay submerged for two weeks.

Hyundai Heavy Industries will transfer the under-construction submarine to the navy in the second half of next year. Nine months of tests and evaluations will follow, culminating in the vessel gaining operational status, Korean officials said.

The country currently operates 10 209-class and 214-class submarines. The first 209-class vessel, the Jang Bo Go Ham, was taken over from Germany in 1992.

Russia said Saturday that it had chased away a US submarine that had approached its territorial waters in the Barents Sea.

A representative of the naval headquarters told Russian news agencies that what was believed to be a Virginia class fast attack submarine was discovered close to Russian territorial waters on Friday.

Thanks to "active measures by the Northern Fleet's anti-submarine forces, the submarine was 'pushed away'" from the area near Russia's territorial waters in the Arctic, the naval official was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

An anti-submarine aircraft was also involved in the operation, in which no force was used.

The official said contact with the sub lasted 27 minutes, and was far from the only incident with foreign subs in that part of the Russian Arctic recently.

The deputy head of the Russian parliament's foreign affairs committee, Leonid Kalashnikov, said on Echo of Moscow radio that such incidents are quite common.

"Occasionally other countries test how the submarine location service is working," the lawmaker said, suggesting that the rather unusual announcement was a public relations move by the navy to call attention to their work.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions between the West and Russia over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.


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