A newbuilt ship of an entirely new type for the PLA Ground Forces is currently running sea trials in the Sea of Bohai. It was launched at the Army’s Songliao Shipard at Dalian in August 2013.Officially described as an Army Ro/Ro Transport, it is really a Landing Ship Medium (LSM), equipped with the with the typical kedging anchor of landing ships, even though the bulbous bow would preclude the ship from beaching.The ship is equipped with both bow and stern ramps and a short helicopter platform aft. The armament consists of four twin 14.5 mm guns, two forward and two aft. Twin funnels indicate twin-screw propulsion; in addition, it has a bow thruster for improved maneuvrability.The lifting capacity is probably a mechanised infantry company.
The appearance online in late May of photographs of a semi-submersible ship, painted in a naval grey colour scheme, nearing completion at the Wenchong shipyard in Guangzhou has prompted speculation that China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is about to acquire a mobile landing platform (MLP).The ship is around 180 m in length, with a beam of around 33 m and an estimated displacement of 5,000 tonnes. As such, it is much smaller than the US Military Sealift Command's Montford Point class of MLPs, which are 240 m long with a beam of 50 m.
China has apparently built a previously unseen midget submarine at its Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan.DigitalGlobe satellite imagery dated 24 October 2014 showing the submarine was posted on Google Earth and was highlighted by a contributor to the Bellingcat open source intelligence website.The imagery shows the craft berthed at the pontoon used for fitting out submarines. The midget submarine had left the pontoon by late November and by mid-January 2015, another submarine, probably a Type 041 Yuan-class boat, occupied the berth.Based on the imagery the midget submarine has an approximate length of 35 m and beam of 4 m, suggesting a surface displacement in the region of 400-500 tonnes.The Wuchang shipyard is at the forefront of conventional submarine production in China and has constructed most of the Type 039 Song-class and Type 041 Yuan-class boats, including the most recent variant, with its distinctive hydrodynamic fairings between the casing and the fin. It also built the world's largest conventional submarine, the Type 032 Qing-class ballistic missile trials submarine.
First Photos of Chinese Navy fighter J-11BSH.
People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) watchers report that the second of the Type 052D 'Luyang III' class destroyers, Yangsha (pennant number 173), was commissioned in mid-July and joined China's South Sea Fleet.Yangsha is likely to operate from the PLAN base at Yalong Bay on Hainan Island. Although launched only four months after first-of-class Kunming (172), it was commissioned 16 months later, suggesting an extensive programme of trials.The major change in the weapon systems between the Type 052D and the preceding Type 052C is the installation of a universal vertical launch weapon system capable of firing anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine, and land attack missiles. The Type 346 phased array radar has also been modified, so an intensive series of trials would be unsurprising.Earlier in July, the seventh Type 052D emerged from the building shed at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard in Shanghai and after launch joined the sixth of class currently fitting out. Photographs showing visible progress on the eighth and ninth hulls have also appeared.
One humble platform has proven instrumental to China's ongoing construction of seven island bases in the South China Sea: the civilian inland roll-on/roll-off (ro-ro) barge.Satellite images of the larger newly built islands at Fiery Cross, Subi, and Mischief reefs show scores of ro-ro self-propelled barges offloading materials onto the new islands or transporting materials from larger bulk carriers anchored offshore.A 15 June satellite image of Subi Reef showed that 17 out of 57 Chinese ships engaged in island construction were ro-ro self-propelled barges, while imagery of other sites has shown ro-ro barges to be an almost constant presence in the construction process. The barges have proven particularly useful in the South China Sea because their ramps obviate the need for dock construction.The massive operation to build its new islands has also provided the People's Liberation Army (PLA) with perhaps its biggest opportunity for peacetime mobilisation of China's civilian inland shipping.This has also given a large crew cadre valuable experience that could be applied to future military operations, perhaps in the Taiwan Strait or elsewhere in the South China Sea.China has a long history of enlisting civilian shipping for military purposes. In recent years the PLA has invested heavily in supporting the construction of new large ro-ro ferries and ro-ro pure car and truck carriers (PCTC) to ensure they can carry militarily useful cargoes.On 18 June China Daily reported that the PLA Nanjing Military Command (opposite Taiwan) and the Shanghai Specifications Institute had spent five years devising new specifications "that require all civilian shipbuilders to ensure that their new vessels are suitable for military use in an emergency".This is reflected in military mobility exercises. For example, in July PLA media reported a Nanjing Military Region Army mobility exercise featuring a ro-ro inland barge transporting about 10 ZBD86D infantry fighting vehicles and ZSD89 armoured personnel carriers.The vehicles were offloaded at sea from a larger civilian transport dock, indicating the PLA may plan to assemble groups of larger civilian vessels that carry military vehicles at a waypoint, for carriage to shore by self-propelled barges.
Chinese warships are spotted in the Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaskahttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... laska.htmlFive Chinese Navy ships are sailing in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, in an apparent first for China's military that came as President Obama toured the State. (...) The appearance of the ships is an example of the expanded reach of China's Navy (...)
Chinese Navy ships entered U.S. waters off Alaskan coast http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/04/polit ... us-waters/ Chinese Navy ships entered U.S. territorial waters off of Alaska last week, coming within 12 miles of the coastline, multiple defense officials tod CNN Friday. The Chinese ships were doing "operations consistent with international law", U.S. officials told CNN, under the maritime rule of "innocent passage", where ships are permitted to enter territorial waters and are not challenged so long as they keep moving directly and expeditiously. U.S. officials emphasized that Russian warships exercise "innocent passage" around Alaska with regularity. But this is a first for Chinese naval ships - and the transit took place when President Barack Obama was in Alaska. (...)
(...) The completion of the runway which previous imagery suggests only ocurred on recent weeks, will enable China to accelerate construction of infrastructure and potentially start air patrols over Spratly Islands, which are claimed and occupied by a number of countries. (...) Fiery Cross Reef is the most extensive new mass land built by China in the Spratly Islands and is believed to be the future hub for operations in the Southern reaches of South China Sea. (...) Satellite imagery of other Chinese construction sites in the Spratlys suggest that the smaller islands at Hughes, McKennan, Johnson South, Cuateron and Gaven reefs have been completed and communication and military hardware installed, but that dredging continues at Subi and Mischief reefs.