April 15, 2017 · DPRK Shāyú Sea of Japan Fiction

Strikepods deploy to Sea of Japan

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The following is a work of speculative fiction, or FICINT (fiction intelligence).

Four Strikepods were deployed this week to the Sea of Japan on a mission to identify and track North Korean submarines and other undersea threats ahead of the Carl Vinson battle group. Their presence will serve to blunt the very real, if dated and noisy, threat posed by North Korean submarines, mines, or unmanned submersibles to U.S. Navy assets.

The six-ship Strikepods will significantly augment the undersea sensor capabilities of U.S. and allied warships, enhancing fleet situational awareness and ultimately denying the KPN tactical surprise.

While the DPRK submarine force may appear anachronistic and technologically backward, the KPN could employ unconventional, asymmetric tactics to counter a more technologically advanced U.S. Navy.

North Korea's affinity for drone aircraft is well known, however intelligence is spotty regarding the extent, if any, of their unmanned undersea capability.

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