Vendémiaire on ASIA 2018.1 Mission

Google Translation The Vendémiaire surveillance frigate sailed on January 15 from Nouméa, for a three-month mission that will take its crew from Indonesia to South Korea through China or Guam. This deployment aims to strengthen knowledge of sensitive areas of the Western Pacific such as the South China Sea. During the first leg of the mission, the frigate anchored in Waala Bay, Belep Islands, New Caledonia on 16 January. A delegation of the vessel led by the Commander, Commander Alexandre Blonce, went ashore to the Grand Chiefdom to meet the…

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Type 056 Wuhai Commissioned

The commissioning ceremony of the new corvette Wuhai of the PLA Navy was held at a naval port in Dalian, north China’s Liaoning province on Monday. Rear Admiral Lv Baoqiang, political commissar of a naval base under the PLA Northern Theater Command, conferred the ensigns of the PLA and the PLA Navy and the naming certificate on the corvette Wuhai at the ceremony. A grand flag-raising ceremony was later held on the corvette. The Type 056 corvette Wuhai, with good stealth performance and powerful surface attack and air defense capability,…

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Speculation grows over China’s first homemade aircraft carrier

“China can make aircraft carriers of any type,” Hu Wenming, general director of construction of China’s first homemade aircraft carrier said in November, bringing the topic under the spotlight once again after the ship reportedly hit the water in April. Military enthusiasts were thrilled by Hu’s remarks, speculating that China may be building a nuclear-powered carrier equipped with an electromagnetic catapult system for launching fighter jets. The ship, which began construction in 2013, will be China’s first homemade carrier. The country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, was rebuilt from a Soviet…

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China, Vietnam wrap up 23rd joint patrol in Beibu Gulf

China and Vietnam wrapped up their 23rd joint patrol in the Beibu Gulf on December 3, 2017, and maintained the order and stability in the Beibu Gulf area and common fishing zone. Both sides, by conducting communication verification and joint research and rescue exercises in the joint patrol, further deepened their traditional good-neighbor relationship and promoted healthy and steady development of the two countries’ mil-to-mil relations. China and Vietnam each assigned two naval vessels to participate in the joint patrol and exercise. After arriving at the rally point on the…

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Chinese navy to hold joint patrol with Vietnam

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) navy will hold a joint patrol with the Vietnamese Navy in the Beibu Gulf in December, a Chinese official said Thursday. The joint patrol, scheduled for the first ten days of the month, will include drills on communication and joint rescue, Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, said at a regular press conference. Stressing that China places great importance on military relations with Vietnam, Wu said that China is willing to jointly maintain stability and order in the Beibu Gulf and…

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China’s new manned submersible to be used to explore South China Sea

China’s new manned submersible Shenhai Yongshi, or “deep sea warrior,” will be used to explore the biological resources and geological conditions in the South China Sea, a Chinese expert said Tuesday. The submersible has passed a state safety test and is preparing for commissioning, the Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday. “Shenhai Yongshi will be used in the South China Sea and help explore the biological and mineral resources in the deep sea,” Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea, told the Global Times…

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China’s aircraft carriers to get new propulsion system

Chinese engineers have developed a new propulsion system for the country’s second home-made aircraft carrier, which could equip the conventionally powered warship with the world’s most advanced jet launch system along with newer weapons, according to Chinese military experts. A research team led by the country’s top naval engineer, Ma Weiming, have developed a medium-voltage, direct-current transmission network to replace the older alternating current system for the country’s second domestically-built Type 002 carrier, which could provide more power for its electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), Hong Kong-based South China Morning…

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Russian Armed Forces delegation of military archivists met with Chinese counterparts in Beijing

The delegation of military archivists of the Russian Federation Armed Forces held working visit to the People’s Republic of China. During the visit, the Russian delegation met with representatives of the PRC military archives in the International Military Cooperation Office of the PLAC Central Military Council in Beijing. The sides discussed issues of further development of cooperation in accordance with the Memorandum between the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Defence of the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the archival field signed by…

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PLA makes huge strides

China’s military has been developing rapidly in the past five years and is attracting global attention, which experts said is necessary to protect the country and its people. “The structure of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) armament has been completed and rationalized in the past five years since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, meeting the requirements of a large country,” Li Jie, a naval military expert, told the Global Times on Sunday. The PLA has modernized, and has completed its systematization and informatization, Song Zhongping,…

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China’s new Type 055 missile destroyer to upgrade reaction capability of weapons, improve country’s navy: expert

Media have reported that China’s new missile destroyer equips more than 100 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), which experts said on Thursday could upgrade the rapid-reaction capability of weapons. A report published by CCTV on Tuesday showed that China’s new Type 055 guided-missile destroyer has had 112 VLS cells installed, surpassing the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in quantity. “The number of VLSs shows the combat and rapid-reaction capability of [China’s] warships,” military expert Song Zhongping told the Global Times on Thursday. “Since recharging a VLS is relatively difficult, the more…

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China: Australian fleet must be wary of meddling in South China Sea affairs

As Australian media reported of late, six Australian naval ships carrying 1,200 personnel have sailed toward the South China Sea. It remains unclear how far the ships have moved into the disputed sea area. The fleet has departed for “Indo-Pacific Endeavour 2017” with stops at Japan, South Korea and the Philippines in a biggest military operation of its kind for at least three decades. With only about 10,000 personnel, the three-month military exercises and visits by the Australian Navy is rather impressive in terms of scale, scope, preparation and duration.…

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Naval cadets practise seamanship on training ship Qi Jiguang

More than 300 midshipmen on the training ship Qi Jiguang attached to the Dalian Naval Academy of the Chinese PLA Navy started their on-the-site practice of far-sea navigation skills in an area of the South China Sea on Sept 20. On the flight deck of the training ship, some midshipmen were seen learning how to use the sextant, one training item of celestial navigation. Li Hui, an instructor from the Dalian Naval Academy told PLA Daily that celestial navigation involves determining the position of vessels by observing celestial bodies, measuring…

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Singapore Navy’s Port Call in Qingdao Reaffirms Singapore-China Defence Ties

August 23, 2017 – The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)’s Formidable-class frigate, RSS Intrepid, is making a port call in Qingdao, China from 23 to 26 April 2017. Senior-Captain Li Jun, Chief of Training Division of the Staff Department, North Sea Fleet from People’s Liberation Army (Navy) [PLA(N)] welcomed Senior-Lieutenant Colonel (SLTC) Tan Bian, Deputy Commander (Navy) of the Officer Cadet School, Lieutenant Colonel Leon Chua, Commanding Officer for RSS Intrepid, and the RSS Intrepid to Qingdao Naval Base earlier today. In the afternoon, RSS Intrepid hosted Chinese public on…

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China ready to enhance Arctic environmental cooperation: vice premier

March 29, 2017 (Xinhua) – China will actively participate in environmental preservation and push for environmental cooperation in the Arctic, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said here on Wednesday. He made the remarks when addressing the opening ceremony of the 4th International Arctic Forum (IAF) in Russia’s far northwestern city of Arkhangelsk. Wang said that ecological protection should be strengthened and prioritized. China will support the formation of advanced scientific research platforms to enhance Arctic scientific research capability, said the vice premier, urging the international community to deepen scientific exploration. Calling…

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With homemade aircraft carrier, Chinese navy may see major restructuring

March 29, 2017  (ChinaMil) – China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier has once again made headlines recently. The Chinese navy may see a major restructuring after its homemade aircraft carrier enters into service, said Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, a Chinese naval expert, in an interview. Photos posted online this month indicated the aircraft carrier had been painted with red primer and was being equipped with radar and other facilities, Taiwan media reported on last Saturday. The newest photos also showed its deck was being cleaned, the report said, adding that the…

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