<<Quote from cnn.com:>>
The Type 035 (Ming class) is a remodeled Romeo-class submarine -- built with Russian Korean War era technology -- which itself is based on the German Type-21 U-boat of 1944, according to China Defence Today, an unofficial Web site of Chinese defense affairs.
The boats are considered obsolete by modern standards, the Web site says, but the Chinese have found them useful for patrol and coastal defense duties, and construction of them continues providing a relatively inexpensive replacement for aging Romeo-class boats.
Boat 361 was one of six in service with China's East Sea Fleet.
"The development of the Type 035 diesel electric submarine began in 1967. The first two boats were completed between 1971 and 1972 and entered service in 1974," China Defence Today says.
"One of the first three boats was later scrapped after a fire accident. The earlier models showed faults which delayed the series production of the class, and they have since been retired."
Above: Ming class subs at habour.
...so U're right, Sir. It is
a modified "Romeo".
About your kit and SARS: U might wanna flush those tubes an extra time just to make sure... maybe it would be even better to wash somebody not too important through the torpedo tubes just to clean it.... oh, let's say a cook or something.. just let him go at 500 ft. or so, that should take care of any SARS bacteria in the torpedo tubes...
Yours Sincerely, Robert Holsting, Denmark
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