The military uses the ship Cheonghaejin … All-out efforts to pick up North Korean missiles

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The South Korean military sent a submarine rescue ship, the Cheonghaejin, to the site this afternoon (2nd) to lift the remains of a North Korean military reconnaissance satellite launcher from the seabed.

The ship Cheonghaejin embarked on a rescue operation by tying a rope to the 15m long fuselage.

This is reporter Jo Han-dae.


Cheonghaejin, a 3,200-ton submarine rescue ship of the South Korean military was dispatched to the crash site of a North Korean missile, 200km west of Eocheong Island in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province.

The military believes that a two-stage drive with a length of 15 meters and a diameter of about 2 to 3 meters is sunk horizontally at the bottom at a depth of 75 meters.

<이종섭 / 국방부 장관(지난 1일)> “We believe that the secured part that needs to be rescued is 2 groups, but more than 3 groups or payloads, we are continuously tracking this part….”

The ship Cheonghaejin, which was deployed on the third day of the rescue operation, also played a key role in collecting debris from the Eunha 3 long rocket launched in December 2012.

As it was then, an operation was organized where divers tied to the wreck in ‘saturation diving’, where oxygen pipes were connected to the traps and Muguri helmets were used.

The defense minister expected him to be rescued by Saturday.

An officer from the Joint Chiefs of Staff explained, “Rescue is a very difficult and challenging task, so if there is a variable in the middle, (the timing of the rescue) can change.”

After securing the wreck, the Pyeongtaek Naval Base, which is relatively close to the salvage point, is chosen as the transfer destination.

If the wreckage salvaged by the military is relatively intact, it is expected that North Korea’s current intercontinental ballistic missile ICBM and artificial satellite technology can be identified.

During the 2012 and 2016 Kwangmyeongseong Unha 3 rocket launches, the South Korean military collected debris and identified North Korea’s intention to develop an ICBM at the time.

This is Yonhap News TV’s Jo Han-dae. (

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