Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Make it bi-annual Okinawa cruise

Chinese navy fleet enters West Pacific for routine training

(Source: Xinhua)   2012-11-29

A Chinese naval fleet passed through the Miyako Strait and entered West Pacific Ocean for a routine training exercise on Nov. 28, 2012. (Source: zhenhua)


  MISSILE FRIGATE ZHOUSHAN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese naval fleet passed through the Miyako Strait and entered West Pacific Ocean for a routine training exercise on Wednesday.

  The fleet is carrying out round-the-clock sailing and defense, open sea combat and supply, escort, as well as search and rescue programs.

  The fleet comprises of two guided missile destroyers, two missile frigates, a supply ship and shipboard helicopters.

  Fleet Commander Qiu Yanpeng, deputy commander of the navy's East China Sea Fleet, said the routine exercise will also be among the fleet's moves to follow the guidelines set by the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

  The training aims to improve the troops' capabilities for long-time, long-distance sea operations and boost confidence for sea missions, according to Qiu.

  Conducting training in international waters has been normal practice of different navies of the world, which is in line with international laws.

  China's navy has conducted several training exercises in the West Pacific this year.

Editor:Chen Jie

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

This year's annual Okinawa cruise is a month early

A China Navy Task force of two DDG, two FFG and one LPD spotted 650KM South West of Okinawa two days ago.

Every formation is a parade -- Knowing EP3 of the Japanese "SD" overhead, the China Navy has the common neighborly courtesy of lining up for their mug shot.

168.。。169.。。。。568.。。。。569.。。。。998.。。。。。 What?  where is the AOR?

Thursday, June 09, 2011

PLAN's annual Okinawa cruise.

So far so good -- no bird flipping incident against the shadowing Japanese fleet reported.  Last year's cruise, on the other hand, almost caused an international incident.

Report from Japan on this year's cruise (here)

Report from the PLA Daily

PLA navy to conduct drill in west Pacific int'l waters in mid to late June

(Source: Xinhua) 2011-06-10

BEIJING, June 9 (Xinhua) -- A navy fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will conduct a training drill in west Pacific international waters in mid- to late June, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Chinese Defense Ministry.

The press release said that the training is in line with relevant international laws and is not targeted at any specific country, in response to reports saying that Chinese navy ships previously passed through waters between Japan's islands of Okinawa and Miyako.

"This will be a regular drill according to the annual plan (of the PLA)," said the press release.

Editor:Liu Wanyun

Blog entry from last year:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

He says she says

two views regarding the recent "helicopter incident"
Chinese chopper 'ignored orders' / Insubordination within navy could heighten possibility of accidents

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A Chinese Navy helicopter likely was ignoring orders from its own mother ship when it flew within 100 meters of a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer on April 8, according to Defense Ministry sources.

The pilot's actions suggest that orders may not be rigorously followed within the Chinese Navy, and Defense Ministry officials are concerned that such insubordination could increase the possibility of accidents.

According to the sources, the incident occurred when the Chinese fleet was engaged in training exercises from April 7 to Friday. A total of 10 warships and submarines, including guided missile destroyers, traveled from the East China Sea through the Okinawa islands to waters off Okinotorishima island, the southernmost point in Japan, in the western Pacific Ocean.

The MSDF sent two destroyers and a P-3C surveillance aircraft to monitor the activities of the fleet.

On the morning of April 8, the carrier-based helicopter approached an MSDF destroyer when the fleet was practicing the takeoff and landing of its helicopters in the central area of the East China Sea.

When the helicopter took off from a guided missile destroyer, it was about 4,000 meters away from the MSDF destroyer Suzunami. As the chopper flew closer to the Suzunami, the destroyer ordered it several times by radio not to fly any closer to the Japanese destroyers.

However, the helicopter ignored the orders and continued toward the Suzunami. Ultimately the helicopter was only about 90 meters away from the Suzunami at a height of about 30 meters, lower than the destroyer's mast.

On Wednesday, a Chinese Navy helicopter approached an MSDF destroyer south of the Okinawa Island. This time, the helicopter circled around the destroyer Asayuki twice.

A senior Defense Ministry official said it is possible the helicopter ignored the instructions of its fleet in the second case as well.

"If a Chinese helicopter goes out of control and collides with one of our destroyers, anti-Japanese sentiment will flare up in China. We need to establish rules to prevent accidents on the open sea," the official said.
(Apr. 27, 2010)

China defends naval fly-bys near Japan

* Source: Global Times
* [01:33 April 28 2010]

By Li Jing

Beijing's new ambassador to Tokyo rejected a Japanese protest Tuesday over Chinese military helicopters twice making fly-bys near Japanese naval destroyers, blaming Japan for the row, AFP reported Tuesday.

The helicopter fly-bys took place near Japan's Okinawa island this month - on April 9 and 21 - when Japanese naval ships spotted and followed the largest Chinese flotilla of warships so far to sail between Japanese islands.

Cheng Yonghua, the new ambassador, said China's naval drills in the waters off Japan are conducted "in accordance with international rules," adding that China is devoted to boosting transparency regarding its military buildup by releasing a defense white paper and through other means, according to the Kyodo News Agency.

"How would the Japanese people feel if there was a Japanese drill and the Japanese left port and were then annoyingly chased by Chinese destroyers? That breaches the spirit of mutual understanding and mutual trust," AFP quoted Cheng as saying at the Japan National Press Club.

Tokyo has lodged a protest through diplomatic channels over what it considered "dangerous" approaches by Chinese vessel-borne helicopters toward Japanese destroyers, which were said to be deployed for surveillance of Chinese vessels.

According to Kyodo, though China has explained to Japan that the approaches were a "necessary defense measure" in response to Japanese surveillance activities, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Friday that he was "not convinced" by the explanation.

"Japan is overreacting on this issue," Peng Guangqian, an expert at the PLA Academy of Military Science, told the Global Times. "Those Chinese Navy vessels were carrying out normal military drills on the high seas rather than other locations. Japan needs to maintain a proper stance toward other countries' normal military exercises held there."

"This incident also indicates that China and Japan have not set up firm mutual trust. Both sides need to be devoted to strengthening the bilateral relationship further in a bid to decrease unnecessary misunderstandings and conflicts," Peng added.

Cheng was also asked to comment on an ongoing row between the US and Japan over where to relocate an unpopular US airbase on Okinawa.

"China is not in a position to comment, but the military arrangement between Japan and the US should not be aimed against a third country. … I mean China," the ambassador said, according to AFP.

Agencies contributed to this story

Thursday, June 09, 2011

This year's PLAN training task force.

This year's PLAN training task force in west Pacific compose of three DDGs (136, 137 and 138) one FFG (548) one AGI (851) one supply ship (882) and one tugboat, (830). A force that is much smaller compare to last year's.

Last year's task force:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

North Sea Fleet conducts exercise off the Malacca Strait

They stopped by Okinawa to say hello, but someone forgot to remind the PLAN to call ahead before dropping by with 3 destroyers (DDG 115, DDG137, DDG139), 5 frigates and 2 subs. Now the Japanese government is all excited. Anyway, the PLA daily write-up can be found (here)

The real news here is that the North Sea Fleet is conducting a military exercise off the Malacca Strait.
A large Chinese fleet of 8 destroyers and 2 subs pass through Okinawa

LEAD: Chinese submarines, destroyers spotted in high seas near Okinawa Japan to file protest

Two Chinese submarines and eight destroyers were spotted by the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force on Saturday in the high seas between the main island of Okinawa and Miyako Island in the southernmost prefecture, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Tuesday.

The defense chief said the Chinese submarines and destroyers were navigating southeastward, adding that Tokyo has never before confirmed such a large number of Chinese vessels near Japan. "We will investigate whether (China) has any intention against our nation" by dispatching the vessels, Kitazawa said.

The Joint Staff Office of the Self-Defense Forces later said that Chinese submarines were seen on the sea surface near Japan for the first time and that Beijing had not notified Tokyo of the fleet navigation in the East China Sea toward the Pacific Ocean.

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