North Korea Leadership Watch

Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership

Gen. Jong Myong Do

updated 8 October 2012

General Jong Myong Do is the immediate past commander of the Korean People’s Army Navy, a position he held from 2007 to 2012.  He was a third generation DPRK security leader and was a member of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee and the Party Central Military Commission.

Jong Myong Do was promoted to Lieutenant General in 1997 and elected a deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly.  He was promoted to Colonel General and assigned command of the West (Yellow) Sea Fleet.  In 2007 Jong Myong Do was assigned as the KPA’s naval chief.

Jong was promoted to General in April 2010, along with other 3rd generation KPA leaders.  General Jong accompanied Kim Jong Il on his inspection of KPA Unit #115 on the occasion of KPA Day (20 April).  He was elected to membership on the CC KWP and Party Central Military Commission on 28 September 2010.

In March 2012 Gen. Jong was dismissed as commander of the KPA Navy.  It is not clear if he was removed from office due to insubordination or corruption, or if it was part of an ongoing force restructuring in the KPA.

General Jong Myong Do

Commander, KPA Navy (Naval Command)

1997: Promoted, Lieutenant General

1998: Deputy, 10th SPA)

2002: Promoted, Colonel General

2003: Assigned Command, West Sea Fleet

Deputy, 11th SPA

2007: Assigned command

2009: Deputy, 12th SPA

2010: Promoted, General

Elected, Member, CC KWP

Elected, Member, Party Central Military Commission

See also:

Yonhap News Agency.  North Korea Handbook(Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 2003) p.805

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