North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un Showboats Rusted, 1950’s-Era Submarine – PHOTOS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

North Korea’s “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un visited a naval base recently to tour a staple of the People’s Navy’s subsea warfare capabilities: a rusted-up, 1950’s-era clunker submarine.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a periscope of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

During his visit, the 31-year old dictator took some time to use the periscope, meet with crew and even go for a little cruise, where he had the opportunity to “teach” the submarine’s captain a “good method of navigation”, according to statement from the state-run Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

The sub itself is of the Romeo class, which was first built by Russia in the late 1950’s but replaced soon after with the arrival of nuclear-powered subs.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stands on the conning tower of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

North Korea reportedly still has over 20 of the subs that were either purchased from China or built in North Korea, even though the class has been phased out of operations by all international navies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un boards a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks through a periscope of a submarine during his inspection of the KPA Naval Unit 167

Photos (c) REUTERS/KCNA