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.


G said...

Get used to it!

It seems that a few countries believe that Pacific Ocean (or any ocean for that matter) is their private yard. They can pass, station or conduct navy exercises regularly of other countries' coasts and feel that it's their natural birth rights to do so.

When it comes to China doing the same thing, they make big fuss about it, and are wondering what the Chinese's intentions are.

Well China's intentions are no different from other sea faring navies currently or in the past. What's the big deal?

Yeah, China did not conduct such passage or exercise in such scale. Well, that was because China neither had the assets or the needs. China will send even larger fleet in the future, regularly.

Like many Chinese netters said, once you get used to it, it'll become natural.

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