Monday, June 21, 2021

Another must read: Kenneth W. Allen's latest article on the PLA "Early Warning Brief: The PLA’s Military Diplomacy Under COVID-19"

 To the full article posted at the The Jamestown Foundation, click the link (here)


The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been responsible for conducting military diplomacy since the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949. In the 1950s, military cooperation was limited almost entirely to other communist nations and insurgent movements in Southeast Asia. In the late 1970s, the scope and tenor of China’s foreign military cooperation changed with the shift to commercial arms sales, attempts to gain some influence in Eastern Europe, and improvement in relations with the United States (U.S.) and Western Europe. By the 1980s, China had also developed close military ties with Egypt, Tanzania, Sudan, Somalia, Zaire, and Zambia in Africa. The change reflected China’s desire to counter Soviet influence, especially in Europe, as well as to develop relations with modern armed forces. Chinese military ties with Western European countries were strongest with Britain, France, and Italy. Chinese military relations with the U.S. developed rapidly in the 1980s and included exchanges of high-level military officials and working-level delegations in training, logistics, and education, as well as four foreign military sales (FMS) projects


 A screenshot from state media shows the supply ship Dongpinghu (Hull 960) from the PLAN’s 36th ETF to the Gulf of Aden conducting in-port replenishment at the Port of Djibouti in December 2020. Official reports emphasized that the supplies were purchased through domestic channels and transported under rigorous sterilization, inspection and quarantine measures due to the ongoing pandemic. (Source: China Military Online).


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone in Jawf skies

 This picture, released by the media bureau of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah movement on May 22, 2021, shows the wreckage of a Chinese-made Chengdu Wing Loong II unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition, which Yemeni forces shot down a few days earlier as it was flying in the skies over Saudi Arabia’s southwestern border region of Najran. 

 Full article here:


Lesser known helmet


Saturday, May 22, 2021

China navy DSRV in Indonesian submarine submarine wreckage recovery operations.

Photo source (here)

Members of this three-ship China Navy task force are:  Ocean Tugboat Nantuo-195, Submarine Rescue Ship Yongxing Dao-863 and scientific research ship TanSuo 2, they are there to help with the recovery of KRI Nanggala

China Navy Decommission Of The Day: Type 053H1 (Jianghu-II) FFG543 Dandong

 Decommissioned on May 19th 2021, after 36 years of service 

BEIJING, May 21 -- The decommissioning ceremony for the Chinese naval guided-missile frigate Dandong (Hull 543) was held at a military port in the PLA Southern Theater Command on May 19. The service members assigned to a frigate flotilla of the Navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command lined up to bid the final farewell to frigate Dandong, which had served in the PLA Navy for 36 years.

The frigate Dandong was independently designed and built by China in the 1980s. Since being commissioned, it has completed major tasks of combat readiness patrol, maritime rights protection and overseas visits, and has participated in various kinds of drills and exercises for hundreds of times, making outstanding contributions to protecting China’s maritime rights and interests and safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty and security. Early last year, the frigate Dandong created a record of keeping combat readiness at sea for consecutive 103 days when performing combat readiness patrol in a particular sea area.

After decommissioning, the frigate Dandong will be handed over to Dandong City, Liaoning Province, serving as a patriotism and national defense education base in the city.

Friday, April 30, 2021

China Navy Decommission Of The Day: Type 053H1 (Jianghu-II) FFG555 Zhaotong

Commissioned  March 24th 1987

ST-3, latest member of the 105mm 8x8 Assault Gun Family

Here are some improvements over the ST-1:  larger turret,  a new remote weapon system, (RWS),  improved stabilizer for its 105mm ATG, and better armor protection. 



ST-1 in service with the Nigerian army

Type 054A FFG's 32 VLS cells, a closer look