A fisherman in Vietnams Fuan Province suspected to have caught a Chinese torpedo in the sea .
When the fisherman hooked what appears to be a Chinese torpedo about four miles off the Vietnamese coast. I t’s most likely that chinese submarine fired torpedo in internationl waters then the torpeod drifted into neighboring Vietnam’s territory . The fisherman towed the torpedo to shore, where local government authorities took over and called in the Vietnamese Navy to inspect it.
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China has laid claim over the vast majority of the South China Sea, it’s likely that the torpedo was launched during training exercises — particularly because it appears to be armed with a dummy warhead .
If we take a look on the american U.S. Navy Mk 48 Torpedo and Chinese YU-6 torpedo, both are similar in design.
The torpedo is approximately 6.8 meters (22 feet) long. It’s black with a large orange band and has a pair of contra-rotating propeller blades on the rear. Behind the blades is a hole from a control-wire dispenser that the submarine uses to send commands to the torpedo. Chinese characters are visible on the torpedo’s flank.
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Based on the evidence available, it seems likely that the torpedo was launched from a PLA-N submarine elsewhere in the South China Sea.
The orange band indicates this is a training torpedo, meaning it is probably fully functional but lacks a high-explosive, ship-cracking warhead. The use of an orange band confirms to the U.S. and NATO standard of marking training ordnance with orange. The contra-rotating torpedo blades are common to modern torpedoes because they increase stability when the weapon is moving underwate
One defense journalist took to Twitter to offer a translation for the visible characters on the torpedo, which say “connect” and “disconnect,” in characters indicative of the People’s Liberation Army-Navy.