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  1. Growing navy flies a bigger, brighter flag as its role widens

    Posted Apr 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Minnie Chan To match the bigger role that the PLA Navy is playing in international waters, all its vessels will receive bigger, brighter naval ensigns by the end of next year, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported yesterday. Experts say the flag upgrade is symbolic of the PLA Navy's development into an international-standard blue-water force after more than two ...

  2. P.L.A. navy tests the water in drills

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the United States and neighbours who dispute its territorial claims. A PLA Navy fleet is set to conduct training drills in international waters in the western Pacific, a statement posted ... believed the Chinese navy was preparing for another round of naval drills and was closely monitoring their activities. The PLA Navy also sent 10 vessels to the same area for a military drill ...

  3. P.L.A. navy keen to do more in Mideast

    Posted Nov 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan The navy of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is keen to expand its Indian Ocean footprint, not just to boost anti-piracy deployments but also to extend ... their current deployments. The PLA navy has maintained a revolving three-ship deployment off the Horn of Africa since late 2008- its first foray into a conflict zone beyond its home waters in centuries. ...

  4. PLA Navy takes initial lead in anti-piracy co-ordination

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... convoy co-ordination group from January 1 next year, senior naval officers have confirmed. The PLA Navy will oversee the operation of warships from China, Russia, India and other countries ... because China has been pushing for better co-ordination of the independent navies. The January 1 start date will give the navies time to better align their operations. One naval officer said ...

  5. PLA Navy gains experience with key live-fire drill

    Posted May 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode and Choi Chi-yuk The PLA Navy's first live-fire drill in the Gulf of Aden has highlighted the ongoing importance of its historic anti-piracy deployment to the Indian Ocean, military analysts say. A Z-9 helicopter took off from the frigate Wenzhou on Sunday and fired on three moving targets over 30 minutes, the PLA Daily said. Gary Li, a PLA watcher ...

  6. PLA Navy sends warship to safeguard Libya evacuees

    Posted Feb 26th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Greg Torode and Minnie Chan A PLA Navy frigate is heading towards the Libyan coast on an unprecedented mission to protect Chinese citizens in a conflict zone. The missile frigate Xuzhou ... mission highlights both the growing confidence and reach of the navy as well as a new effort to better protect the spiralling numbers of mainlanders based overseas. Scholars and PLA analysts ...

  7. US wants hotline to PLA ships to avert mishaps

    Posted Feb 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... traffic- including US, Chinese and regional forces- only compounded the concern. Recent US efforts to create rules of the road at sea with the PLA navy, similar to arrangements with Moscow during ... Greg Torode The US navy is seeking direct communication with China's expanding fleet of naval ships across the Asia-Pacific region to ease what it fears is a growing risk ...

  8. Changing of the guard

    Posted Nov 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... They came before first light, People's Liberation Army soldiers marching in neat rows from Shenzhen to Lok Ma Chau for the 14th annual Hong Kong garrison rotation. Helicopters from the Ngong Shuen Chan Barracks flew over Victoria Harbour to mark the occasion, and the PLA Navy held its own display. The garrison has about 6,000 army, navy and helicopter personnel. Photographer ...

  9. Late admiral praised for navy's advances

    Posted Dec 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... to the army's progress when he oversaw its weapons-research units from the 1960s to the 1990s. It said the PLA Navy made remarkable improvements under the leadership of Liu, who spent most of his career ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com The People's Liberation Army Daily paid tribute yesterday to the late Admiral Liu Huaqing, praising him for his contributions to the navy ...

  10. Father of China's modern navy dies

    Posted Jan 15th 2011, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... the highest party position for any serving military officer. He was the PLA's navy chief from 1982 to 1988. During his tenure, he supported plans for a blue water, or deep sea, navy in 1985. ... Cary Huang Liu Huaqing, an influential party elder and founder of the country's modern navy, died yesterday. He was 95. The general, who championed the nation's blue water navy ...




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