PLA Navy holds submarine rescue drill in East China Sea

September 3, 2018 – The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted a submarine rescue drill in the East China Sea on Saturday, with military experts on Monday calling it a worldwide challenge. The drill involved frigates, submarines, rescue vessels and anti-submarine aircraft from multiple PLA Navy forces, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. “Submarine rescue work is a worldwide challenge with high risks,” Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Monday. The drill shows that China understands its importance, and is making efforts…

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China Sends Type 054A Frigate for Provocation in Japanese EEZ

August 30, 2018 (Google Translation) – On the trends of Chinese naval vessels On August 28 (Tue) around 4 p.m., the Maritime Self-Defense Force No. 3 missile boat belongs to “Shirataka” (Sasebo) going north east along the waters of about 130 km southwest of Shima Tsushima Chinese navy junka I confirmed a grade II frigate. After that, the ship northwarded the Tsushima Strait, temporarily advanced into the Sea of Japan, but 29 I confirmed that I sailed down the Tsushima Strait on Sunday (Wednesday) and sailed towards the East China…

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New training aircraft expected to help PLA Navy pilots polish carrier skills

August 14, 2018 – China’s latest trainer aircraft, delivered recently to the People’s Liberation Army Navy, is expected to help improve the training of pilots based on aircraft carriers. The PLA Navy said in a statement last week that its Naval Aviation University in Shandong province had held a commissioning ceremony for a new type of trainer jet at an unidentified naval airport along the Bohai Sea. The statement said the aircraft is a third-generation trainer jet developed by the Aviation Industry Corp of China’s Hongdu Aviation Industry Group in…

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Armored vehicles wade ashore from landing ships at beachhead

Landing ships attached to a ship group of a coastal defense brigade with the army under the PLA Eastern Theater Command steam in formation during a recent beach-landing operation in waters of the East China Sea. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Duan Yuefeng and Sun Honggang) Ships steam in formation as multi-type helicopters fly overhead during a recent maritime training exercise in waters of the East China Sea. They are attached to a ship group of a coastal defense brigade with the army under the PLA Eastern Theater Command. (Photo by Duan Yuefeng…

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Chinese Navy commissions JL-10H advanced trainers

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned Hongdu JL-10H advanced trainers in a ceremony at Naval Aeronautical University. According to local media, PLAN received a new batch of twelve Hongdu JL-10H advance jet trainers designed and manufactured by Hongdu Aviation Industry Group (HAIG) of China. The use of such an advanced trainer jet at university-level training programs shows the PLA Navy is exploring a more streamlined training system which will conclude after only two stages at the university and the navy. This is a significant streamlining of the previous process,…

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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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