China launches first amphibious assault ship

September 25, 2019 – China’s first amphibious assault ship was launched today in Shanghai, coming closer to the completion of its construction project. The People’s Liberation Army Navy said in a statement that after a brief ceremony starting at 9:20 am at an unidentified shipyard, waters began to be pumped into a dry dock in which the ship’s hull was built. Participants at the ceremony – officials from the central and Shanghai governments, officers from the Central Military Commission’s Equipment Development Department and the PLA Navy, executives of the State-owned…

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China’s Second Carrier May Carry 50% More Fighters

August 13, 2019 – China’s second aircraft carrier can carry at least 36 domestically developed J-15 fighter jets, some 50 percent more than the country’s first, state broadcaster reported on Tuesday. China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, can carry 24 J-15 fighter jets, China Central Television (CCTV) reported, noting the new ship’s increased number of fighter jets will add to its already considerable capability. Although the second carrier known as the Type 001A is similar to the Liaoning, it has an optimized flight deck, reduced weapon areas and a smaller…

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31st Chinese Naval Escort Task Force Visits Australia

June 4, 2019 – The 31st Chinese naval escort taskforce, composed of the amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998), the guided-missile frigate Xuchang (Hull 536) and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (Hull 964), arrived in Sydney, Australia, on the morning of June 3, local time, for a five-day friendly visit to Australia. At about 10 a.m., local time, three naval vessels from the PLA Navy fleet with China-Australia national flags hanging on top of the main masts sailed into the Garden Island naval base in Sydney under the guidance…

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China’s Navy Goes to High Seas for Peace

March 13, 2019 – “Resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security, and development interests, China never seeks maritime hegemony.” said the deputies and members from the Chinese Navy participating in the “Two Sessions”. They believe that China’s Navy goes to the high seas, not only to protect its motherland, but also to maintain world peace. Chinese PLA Navy’s hospital ship Peace Ark (Hull 866) carried out free medical service tasks in the Oceania, Central and South America in 2018. They sailed 31,800 nautical miles in 205 days, treating 50,884 people and performing…

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New Chinese Generator to Power All-Electric Warships

December 26, 2018 – China has developed its most powerful steam turbo generator unit, which military analysts said may provide a solution to the huge demand for electricity required by electromagnetic catapults on China’s future aircraft carriers and electromagnetic railguns on future destroyers. Independently developed by the No.704 Institute of China’s largest manufacturer of naval products, China Shipbuilding Industry (CSIC), the generator recently passed technical appraisal, marking the birth of the 20-megawatt steam turbo generator unit for ships, CSIC announced in a statement released on its WeChat account on Monday.…

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China’s “third aircraft carrier” attracts world attention

November 27, 2018 – The WeChat account of a Chinese official media recently published an article commemorating the first successful landing of the J-15 carrier-based aircraft on the Liaoning aircraft carrier. The article says: “the construction of the new aircraft carrier is in progress on the berth”. This statement has been widely interpreted as “the official confirmation that China is building a third aircraft carrier.” However, the Chinese military has yet to make any official comment. The UK’s Dailymail.co.uk reported on November 26 that although the article did not elaborate…

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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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