Sunday, May 31, 2020

Historical Photos Of The Day: CNS Nanchang Circa 1970s

She was commissioned by the IJN April 30, 1941 and decommissioned in 1979 as CNS Nanchang







Saturday, May 25, 2019


Historical photos of the day: DDG Nanchang, first of her name

DDG Nanchang the lead ship of the Type055 class of destroyer is the third PLAN naval vessel bears that name.  First PLAN Nanchang was a recommissioned 993-ton IJN gunboat Uji.  The KMT took procession of her in Sept 13th, 1945 after the end of WWII.  Then, her entire crew defected to the Communist cause 6 days later on Sept 19th. 




The second ship that bared the name of Nanchang was DDG 163, Luda class.  She was decommissioned in Sept 8th, 2016 after 34 years of service.


In some ways,  the story of Nanchang mirrors that of the PLAN; from ragtag to not-so-great then ending up world class.


Thursday, April 25, 2019


DDG 101




Terraforming Woody Island.

Sure, this is not as a great as growing potato in Mars but the China Marine is now able harvest 1500 kg of veggie out of half acre of sandy beach at Woody Island.  The knowledge gained will help to terraform more sandy areas elsewhere such as the Gobi Desert (here)


Sources (here) and (here)












Saturday, May 30, 2020

An update on China "Navy" in Tibet.

Chinese garrison of Pangong Tso received their new Type928D Patrol Craft back in Oct 2019.  The improved Type928D can carry a crew of 10 plus a single fixed gun mount (12.7mm) to a mix speed of 70km/hour









PAP Unit Of The Day: Shanghai PAP Corps

Shanghai is one of the four municipalities of the PRC, as such, it "enjoys" the protection of a dedicated provincial-level PAP Corps.    Shanghai PAP Corps has organic mechanized infantry, light artillery, NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical), engineering, combat pioneer, and other specialist units.  It is Shanghai's equivalent to US National Guard.

Source (here)

 LG5 40mm "sniper" grenade launcher



Flamethrower, an elegant weapon... for a more civilized age.









Civilian GongAn SWAT, not part of the PAP 




Friday, May 29, 2020

Confirmed Y-20/Y20A of the China Airforce

Counting fat birds on a Friday night....
After a quick check, here are photos of  the 14th confirmed Y-20/A of the China Airforce .
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Of course there are many more Y-20s out there according to high-resolution satellite images posted elsewhere.  Posted here are all photos taken on the ground.














China Army Unit Of The Day: 12th, LX11, Heavy Armor Combined-Arms Brigade, 76th Group Army

Most interesting two photos released by the latest PLA Daily - at least for me - are the 50T Tank Transporters.  They are boring that's for sure, but they are also critical in allowing the China Army to extend the operational range of their armor fist.

Photo source (here)






The major IFV of the 12th are: ZTZ96A MBT, PPZ10 120mm SPM, ZBD04A IFV, PHZ11 MRL,  PGZ09 30mm SPAAA





Thursday, August 02, 2018

PR photos of the day: Joint Tactical Battlegroup (Battalion), 12th Combined-Arms Brigade, 76th GA, Western Theater Command









PPZ10 Tracked 120mm Gun-Mortar