A Vietnamese Fisherman Reeled In a Chinese 22 feet long Yu-6 torpedo In The South China Sea
Vietnamese fisherman Tran Minh Thanh landed an unusual catch the other day, finding what appears to be a Chinese torpedo off the country’s coast. Under the watchful eye of local border guards, Tran dragged it ashore where onlookers got a chance to see it before government officials took it away for further inspection.
Tran reportedly found the torpedo more than four miles out to sea from his village in Vietnam’s central Phu Yen province, which would be within the country’s national waters, on Dec. 18, 2018.
The weapon is slightly over 22 feet long and has a diameter of just over 21 inches. It’s size and shape, coupled with Chinese markings, strongly suggest that it is Yu-6 from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
Now that the Vietnamese government has it, they will almost certainly seek to examine it for any potential intelligence value. There is relatively little publicly available information about the Yu-6, which reportedly entered PLAN service in 2005.
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