×
Current Global Rankings United States Navy Chinese Navy British Navy Australian Navy French Navy Canadian Navy Japanese Navy

Korean People's Army Naval Force (2022)


Current Active Inventory: 186 Fleet Units


North Korea National Flag Graphic


Last Updated: 12/31/2021 | © www.WDMMW.org


The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the Korean People's Army Naval Force (2022). The service currently counts 186 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.




Total Units: 186
[ Tap Anywhere to Close ]
[ Tap Anywhere to Close ]


TvR:
67.9
True Value Rating takes into account current strengths/weaknesses, matched against the highest-rated service (the USN yields a top rating of 323.9).
Global Rank:
14/33
A total of 33 naval services from 33 nations currently tracked. Current Ranking.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:

Carriers: 0 units
Submarines: 19 units
Fleet Core: 167 units
Amphib Asslt: 0 units
FORCE BALANCE:

FAIR

Fleet focuses on a portion of basic requirements though generally lacking in key areas.
SUPPLIERS:
National flag of China National flag of North Korea National flag of the Soviet Union
HULL PREFIX:
"KPNS"
ESTABLISHED:
1946
76 yrs ago
as the "Korean People's Navy"
MEDIAN HULL AGE:
48.2
Years
HULL AGE VISUALIZATION


Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15 yrs

16 to 25 yrs

26 to 30 yrs

>30 yrs


Age plays a vital role in the life of any warship as hulls and various onboard technologies are pushed to the limit, ultimately exposed to the corrosive and generally unforgiving effects of life at sea. Such degradation often leads to modernizations, refits, or outright retirement. Our color gauge attempts to showcase a vessel's current state within the fleet, helping to detail those outgoing vessels against those at the midway point of their service or those just having been commissioned.




Submarines (19)


Hulls developed for undersea/submersible operation; nuclear-powered or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
8yrs
August 24 Hero
824
Sinpo-class
31yrs
Sang-O
10 Boats
Sango-class
47yrs
Yono
2 Boats
Yono-class
36yrs
Type 033
6 Boats
Type 033-class

Total Units: 19 (10%)


NOTES: Some numbers estimated due to lack of official reporting; Sinpo-class is an experimental ballistic missile submarine first identified in 2014; Sango-O build in Version I and Version II batch types; Type 033 originating from China and based in the Soviet Romeo-class submarine.




Frigates (2)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than Destroyers, though larger than corvettes, having Blue Water capabilities.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
49yrs
Ship 1
- - -
Najin-class
46yrs
Ship 2
- - -
Najin-class

Total Units: 2 (1%)


NOTES: Najin-class light frigates are believed to be based on the Soviet Kola-class frigate.




Corvettes (7)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than frigates but larger than OPVs, capable of operating independently or as part of the main fighting fleet.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
47yrs
Amnok
- - -
Amnok-class
9yrs
Nampo 1
- - -
Nampo-class
9yrs
Nampo 2
- - -
Nampo-class
57yrs
Sariwon 1
- - -
Sariwon-class
57yrs
Sariwon 2
- - -
Sariwon-class
55yrs
Sariwon 3
- - -
Sariwon-class
55yrs
Sariwon 4
- - -
Sariwon-class

Total Units: 7 (4%)


NOTES: Amnok-class believed to be a rebuilt Krivak-class corvette; Sariwon-class based in Soviet Fugas/Tral class minesweeper.




Mine Warfare (1)


Hulls outfitted for the purpose of mine countermeasures/countermine warfare.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
69yrs
T-2 Tros
- - -
Fugas-class

Total Units: 1 (1%)


NOTES: Sole example most likely held in reserve, can double as a corvette.




Offshore Patrol Vessels (157)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
17yrs
Nongo
6 Boats
Nongo-class
62yrs
Soju
10 Boats
Soju-class
57yrs
Huangfeng
4 Boats
Huangfeng-class
57yrs
Komar
6 Boats
Komar-class
37yrs
Sin Hung/Ku Song
20 Boats
Sin Hung-class
32yrs
Daedong
6 Boats
Daedong-class
52yrs
T PB
10 Boats
T-class
47yrs
Mayang
6 Boats
Mayang-class
42yrs
Taechong
12 Boats
Taechong-class
54yrs
Hainan
6 Boats
Hainan-class
52yrs
Chong-Ju
6 Boats
Chong Ju-class
42yrs
SO-1
10 Boats
SO-1-class
67yrs
Shanghai II
10 Boats
Shanghai II-class
62yrs
Sinpo
9 Boats
Sinpo-class
57yrs
Chongjin
20 Boats
Chongjin-class
56yrs
Chaho
16 Boats
Chaho-class

Total Units: 157 (84%)


NOTES: Some commissioning dates and unit numbers estimated due to lack of official reporting.


Related Naval Powers...


National flag graphic
Republic of Korea Navy
National flag graphic
Japan Maritime SDF
National flag graphic
People's Liberation Army Navy


Site Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Cookies


2022 Overall Ranking Ranked by Hull Age WDMMA.org Aircraft Inventories


National flag of Argentina National flag of Australia National flag of Bangladesh National flag of Belgium National flag of Brazil National flag of Canada National flag of China National flag of Egypt National flag of France National flag of Germany National flag of Greece National flag of India National flag of Indonesia National flag of Iran National flag of Italy National flag of Japan National flag of the Netherlands National flag of North Korea National flag of Pakistan National flag of Portugal National flag of Russia National flag of Saudi Arabia National flag of Singapore National flag of South Africa National flag of South Korea National flag of Spain National flag of Sweden National flag of Taiwan National flag of Thailand National flag of Turkey National flag of Ukraine National flag of the United Kingdom (Britain) National flag of the United States


www.WDMMW.org • Content ©2021- WDMMW.org • All Rights Reserved. The WDMMW.org logo, its written content, and watermarked photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and is protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. This resource uses publically-released imagery from the US DoD, the Russian MoD, the Chinese MoD, the Royal Australian Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and others as well as manufacturer marketing photos - no endorsement of this site by these parties/entities should be implied. Illustrations of products are copyright WDMMW.org (and are marked as such) and not for reuse/republication. Information found across this site, verified through publicly available sources, is assumed to be accurate at the time of publication.Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world and MilitaryFactory.com, the definitive global defense reference. WDMMW.org is a sister site to WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft. This site contact: militaryfactory at gmail dot com.

www.WDMMW.org • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2021-