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Does PLAN have any small subs or submersible fast transport/attack boats?
Just never heard of any in Chinese service which is odd as many navies have something.
The Diesel submarines are small I guess check out the picture they look small to me. Song or Yuan
How small are you thinking? If true to the title, midget subs have proved to be pretty much useless. The IJN used midget subs extensively and they had little to zero impact in WW2.
Well, in world war two British and Italian midget subs had huge strategic impact. So history isn't entirely against them.
North Korea and Iran are prime examples of midget sub operators, and have submersible fast attack/infiltration boats also. But off the top of my head midget subs are also operated by Pakistan, Croatia, Columbia.
Some midget submarines are used as swimmer delivery vehicles whilst others lay mines or carry torpedoes.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midget_submarine for an overview
Does PLAN have any types in this general catagory?
Well, these IMO are quite useful.
Pakistan's Cosmos class
As for China, Dongfeng had a small page on Chinese midget subs back in 2003 I think but is scrapped. China did have small subs for rescue operation(?) or research in that field.... can't find anything now, and not much on google either.
I want Asia on my front porch and America as my backyard.
Disclaimer: By America, I meant the Continent. And yes, I know Asian homes have neither a backyard nor a porch in the American sense.
thanks. I've found a few other examples around the world so maybe a "Bluffer's Guide to midget submarines 2007" is on the cards.
If you do do the guide, keep in mind that Croatian navy no longer operates any midget subs - nor does it plan to procure new ones in the future. "Velebit", though relatively young, was retired some time ago, probably due to maintenance costs and some technical issues.