As this drill is trying to demonstrate, their lack of meaningful air defense and anti submarine warfare capacities can be somewhat compensated by operating under the umbrella of their modern peers. In another word, they are now PLAN's missile-truck.
Warships attached to a destroyer flotilla with the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy steam in formation during a live-fire training exercise in China’s Yellow Sea. The destroyer flotilla organized its guided-missile destroyers Dalian (Hull Number 110) and Kaifeng (Hull Number 109) and guided-missile frigates Daqing (Hull Number 576) and Luoyang (Hull Number 527) to conduct a four-day live-fire training exercise in China’s Yellow Sea from Aug. 2 to 5, 2016. (81.cn/ Zhang Hailong)