After years of naval build up, the CMC still has only four Type071 LPD capable of long distance blue-ocean operations. With no amphibs on regular patrol at high sea, the CMC might not able to deploy to a region where contingencies could erupt. Hope I am not reading too much into this, but putting additional high-readiness ground force SpOps on naval vessels could help to meet growing "Historical Mission" requirements in Africa and elsewhere.
Clearly, the plan is in the early stage, but having an additional determent aboard could give naval combatant commanders a hand in recovering downed pilot, pulling Chinese out of an embassy under attack, providing humanitarian assistance after a rapid developing natural disaster. For the ground force SpOps, that means new types of sea duty on ships across the all three Theater Commands. The newly commissioned naval marine brigades could focus on their core mission of recovering a run-away province. This is a way to make sea services more versatile, agile and flexible.
Army green vs smurf blue
Ground force SpOps.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
A Chinese Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF) in the making?
The CMC might not able to project the 15,000 personnel of its British Army counter part to a great distance. However, it has demonstrated previously on several occasions, both in drills and in natural disaster responses, that it can deploy several First Echelon battalion size battle-groups within a 48-hour window (here).
Of course, the size of the Chinese JRRF First Echelon will decrease in accordance with the deployment distance -- It is one thing to deploy 81,000 troops to Sichuan via internal rail and highway, it is a completely different picture if the destination is North Africa, for example. CMC's strategic transportation assets would be the bottleneck in such an example. Its deployment capability can be easily calculated by assessing the number of ships and transport planes currently available.
"2 days after May 12th 2008 Earthquake hit, of 81,000 PLA troops arrived, there were 4,000 airborne, 2,600 Marine, Naval, and Air Force personnel, and troop units directly affiliated with the CMC’s four general headquarters/departments."
Saturday, April 29, 2017
15th Airborne Corps' new ORBAT
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Photos of the day: Vacation housewarming in Djibouti
Here comes the PLAM