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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. PLA navy will reach wide, US predicts

    Posted Jan 14th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... report said the overall size of the PLA's navy might remain relatively steady as Beijing put emphasis on quality over quantity. It expected future naval fleets to 'include one or more ... levelling off'. The PLA would add approximately 10 modern submarines to the force, the report said. It said preparing for possible armed conflict over Taiwan would remain the navy's top ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Design of PLA's first aircraft carrier is complete: report

    Posted Jul 07th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... 'The company produced almost all of the new-generation warships now in service in the PLA Navy.' He predicted the carrier would be far smaller than the United States' 12 carriers. Taiwanese military researcher Milton Liao Wen-chung said he doubted whether the mainland's aircraft carrier would ever be put into use. 'The PLA Navy's two key bases in Beihai ...

  7. Homesickness 'worse than Somali pirates'

    Posted Dec 16th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan Monotony on the high seas poses more of a challenge to the PLA Navy than armed pirates in the Gulf of Aden, officers sent to protect the vital sea lane say. Officers from the missile frigates Zhoushan and Xuzhou, which were sent by the PLA Navy to the pirate- infested waters off Somalia in January, learned a lot from the task, said Zeng Liang, a lieutenant colonel ...

  8. Naval incident seen as test of US' China policy

    Posted Mar 11th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... of China's military development. 'It was because the PLA Navy has become more aggressive since last year. Besides setting up the base, its first deployment of three vessels to escort Chinese ... Minnie Chan in Beijing The Pentagon's disclosure of Sunday's confrontation between a US Navy surveillance ship and five Chinese vessels in the South China Sea reflected ...

  9. Navy has plenty of catching up to do, experts say

    Posted Apr 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan As the mainland marks the founding of the PLA Navy 60 years ago in Qingdao tomorrow, another equally important anniversary comes to mind- the annihilation of the bulk ... aircraft carrier battle group and the leaps in progress its navy has made in recent decades, most experts agree it will still take years for the PLA navy to close the gap with other major maritime ...

  10. Two PLA warships to welcome visitors

    Posted Apr 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... pirates when they visit the city next month. The missile destroyer Haikou and missile frigate Yuncheng will berth at the PLA barracks on Stonecutters Island from April 30 for five days as part of the handover anniversary celebrations. The Home Affairs Department said yesterday the ships had been invited by the Hong Kong government to make the fourth port call by PLA navy vessels in the 15 years ...




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