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. 

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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


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Firefighting Type 69 RPG

It can deliver fire retardant to a range of 600 meter.    I am just not so sure how practical it is.