PLA Navy Frigates Exercising in South China Sea

The guided-missile frigate Meizhou (Hull 584) (R)attached to a frigate flotilla with the South China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy conducts an astern replenishment-at-sea with the guided-missile frigate Jingmen (Hull 506) during a maritime live-fire training exercise in waters of the South China Sea from July 5 to 7, 2018. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Cai Shengqiu) The guided-missile frigate Meizhou (Hull 584) (L) attached to a frigate flotilla with the South China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy moors alongside the guided-missile frigate Jingmen (Hull 506) during a maritime live-fire training…

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China’s first AIP submarine breaks records

China’s first submarine unit using air-independent propulsion (AIP) technology recently broke a number of records set by the Chinese navy, Science and Technology Daily recently reported. Records such as the longest sailing distance, maximum submergence depth and sinking target ships under boundary conditions were all broken by the unit. Military commentator Zhang Haixiong disclosed that submarines equipped with AIP technology prolong operation duration underwater to about two or three weeks, indicating the increasing stealth of the submarines. The time a conventionally powered submarine can spend underwater ranges from 10 to…

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China-built aircraft carrier to embark on second sea trial

Outfitting work was completed on China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, Type 001A, on Thursday, making the ship ready for its second sea trial. The carrier’s first sea trial was from May 13 to 18. A military expert said this proves the first sea trial was successful, and that the process could be accelerated. After a five-day sea trial, the carrier returned on May 23 to the Dalian Shipyard, Northeast China’s Liaoning Province, to finish its remaining outfitting work. A report from wenweipo.com said the carrier has been moved out…

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China launches guided missile destroyers

China launched two Type 055 guided-missile destroyers on Tuesday morning, according to witnesses outside a shipyard in Dalian, Liaoning province. Chinese naval enthusiasts published pictures taken near Dalian Shipbuilding Industry and accounts of the launch on online military forums. Water started to be pumped into the dry docks where the next-generation destroyers were built around 7 am before the docks’ gates were opened, witnesses said. Pictures showed a small launch ceremony at the shipyard, with hundreds of workers standing in formation in front of the two destroyers, each decorated with…

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PLA Navy Hospital Ship Peace Ark Sails Through Japanese Waters

Google Translation Around 4:30 am today (June 29), a Chinese Navy hospital ship monitored by the Maritime Self – Defense Force entered Japan ‘s connected waters north of Taisho Island, the Senkaku Islands. After that, the Japan Coast Guard patrol boat sent a radio call to the vessel and monitored and warned, and around 5:30 am on the same day, the ship originated from Japan connected water area in the northeast of Taisho Island Did.

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PLA Navy and CNNC sign agreement on strategic cooperation

The PLA Navy and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) signed a framework agreement on strategic cooperation in military-civilian integrated development in certain areas on June 1, 2018. According to the agreement, PLA Navy and the CNNC will strengthen cooperation in such fields as project planning and demonstration, professional capacity building, joint training and exercise, major project construction and so on, in a bid to push integrated and innovative military-civilian integrated development of both sides. By signing the framework agreement, the PLA Navy side hopes to enhance strategic cooperation with CNNC…

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Unmanned vessels alter sea battles

China has earned a reputation in the research and development of unmanned vehicles, ranging from aerial combat drones to robotic pack mules capable of combat as well as carrying cargo. Now, Chinese engineers have started eyeing unmanned surface vessels, typically small boats that can be remotely controlled or operate autonomously. Oceanalph, a maker of unmanned surface vessels in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, recently staged a technological demonstration involving 56 miniature unmanned boats off the Wanshan Archipelago in the South China Sea. The test, including formation maneuvers and a task assignment, was…

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A small quick step for China’s PLA Navy

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy marked its 69th anniversary on April 23. On the same day, China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, known as the Type 001A, went through its inclining test. It is set to begin its maiden sea trial, demonstrating the growing capabilities of the PLA Navy which is inching closer to its ambitions of building a modern aircraft carrier. Since the 21st century, the development of the PLA Navy’s warships has taken short quick steps, employing gradual innovation and developing smaller groups of transitional types in…

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PLA Navy, telecoms to install 4G+ on South China Sea islands

The Chinese navy and telecommunication corporations are cooperating to upgrade communications on some South China Sea islands and reefs, the official People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported Friday. The PLA Navy’s South China Sea Fleet has signed framework agreements to cooperate with the Hainan branches of China’s three largest telecom operators to upgrade communications on the Xisha and Nansha islands and reefs. Once completed in May, the project will bring 4G+ service to the islands and reefs. The area, including Sansha city, mostly relies on satellites for current communications, Chen…

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PLA Navy deploys ‘new type of electronic warfare aircraft’

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s South China Sea Fleet deployed a “new type of electronic warfare aircraft” in its recent combat maneuvers, a move to greatly enhance the navy’s capabilities in modern warfare to safeguard the country’s sea rights, said Chinese military experts. The new aircraft is the H-6G bomber developed for 10 years with the Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pods being equipped underneath its wings. It was the first time the bomber played “a supporting role in the electronic warfare,” according to Military Time, a China Central Television CCTV…

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China’s Second Barracks Ship Appears in Dalian

China’s 2nd homegrown barracks ship has arrived in Dalian city of northeastern China’s Liaoning Province to meet with China’s 2nd aircraft carrier, according to recent reports. As a unique type of warship in the aircraft carrier vessels battle groups (CVBG) of the PLA Navy, the ship has very advanced living support facilities including plastic runway, basketball court, gym, arena, Internet cafe and supermarket. The ship is mainly used for accommodation for crew members, pilots, aviation crews and engineering and technical personnel during sea trial periods. It is a military quasi-luxury…

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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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