Noble Prowl Update: Yellow Sea
The following is a work of speculative fiction, or FICINT (fiction intelligence).
Responding to intelligence that an unidentified North Korean submarine is operating in the Yellow Sea, Strikepod Command immediately vectored Strikepods Echo-1 and Echo-2, both on patrol in the area since the inception of Operation Noble Prowl.
Initial reports suggest that the vessel could be a Sinpo/Gorae-class SSBA out of Haeju. Reports also suggest that this submarine was first observed in 2016, and was detected near U.S. - South Korea naval exercises this past April. The deployment comes on the heels of unusual deployment activity in the Sea of Japan.
At this time there is no intelligence indicating that an SLBM test launch is imminent. The sortie of a would-be SSBA, or any submarine, may be more for provocation and/or propaganda purposes. Moreover, many analysts agree that the rumored Sinpo-class is not fully operational, and likely more of a test platform.
Strikepods to report when they are on station at waypoint INDIGO, approximately 0700Z, 1 Aug.