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  1. News - China - MILITARY

    US destroyer and PLA warship team up on drill

    Posted Sep 19th 2012, 12:00am by Greg Torode

    ... The historic decision of the PLA Navy to join an international armada fighting piracy off Somalia raised international hopes of increased co-operation when it started four years ago. It marked ... reached a significant high-water mark this week with the first joint anti-piracy exercises between the two navies. Both militaries confirmed yesterday that the five-hour exercise took place ...

  2. Navy ready for greater role in global missions

    Posted Jul 31st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com The Chinese navy must prepare itself for new challenges and accept a greater role in international peace-keeping missions as the nation's power and influence expand in global affairs, a senior naval officer said yesterday. Vice Admiral Ding Yiping, deputy commander of the navy of the People's Liberation Army, told China National Radio ...

  3. Hero's welcome for pirate patrol warships

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... for three days. This is the PLA Navy's fourth port call in Hong Kong in the 15 years since the handover. Members of the public snapped up the 6,000 tickets to visit the vessels in less than an hour on Thursday. The warships, which belong to naval escort task force 171, carry some of the most advanced missiles and cannons in the Chinese navy. They have conducted 40 escort missions ...

  4. China may have to pick up the slack on piracy

    Posted Nov 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in patrolling vessels as Western navies are struggling with tighter budgets. The European Union estimated that the number of warships its members provided, along with Nato and the Combined Maritime ... in the area will drop due to economic difficulties in Europe. Blount said Nato would provide three or four ships and the European Union navies no more than eight in 2012. He said several European ...

  5. Guns alone won't defeat Somali pirates

    Posted Oct 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... naval officers who will brief industry figures on the threats. China is preparing to lead warship escorts provided by the navies of China, India, Russia and several other nations. This clear ...

  6. Experts warn Somali piracy season could be longer and more violent

    Posted Oct 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... group that will oversee warship escorts provided by navies of China, India, Russia and other non-aligned nations. Captain Keith Blount, chief of staff of European Union naval forces, said ...

  7. HK ships urged to join anti-piracy centre

    Posted Apr 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... liaison officer with European Union Naval Force Somalia, said navy ships and helicopters would be in a better position to respond to ship attacks in the Indian Ocean if there was a record ...

  8. PLA closer to key anti-piracy role

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... effort- another unprecedented move- is moving even more slowly. A number of naval insiders said that while PLA navy officials involved in the anti-piracy fight were keen to do so, there was still ... September, a well-connected scholar and retired PLA navy major general said Beijing had given internal approval for a wider Chinese role, and China's involvement as chair of the Shade meetings ...

  9. 19 sailors languish in Somali pirate lair

    Posted Sep 26th 2010, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... details were being worked out with other navies to allow the PLA to co-chair monthly SHADE meetings in Bahrain to co-ordinate the effort. Meanwhile, the shipping industry is drawing attention ... Greg Torode and Keith Wallis Nineteen Chinese sailors are languishing in a Somali pirate stronghold after being held for nearly three months- the longest any have been held since the PLA ...

  10. In Med and with might, PLA extends its reach

    Posted Aug 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chinese warships in the Mediterranean, an amphibious assault ship in the Indian Ocean- the PLA navy's anti-piracy mission continues to break new ground. A visit this month ... navies will watch more closely. The 200-metre-long ship, one of the most closely scrutinised in the PLA fleet, carries large helicopters, fast patrol vessels and hovercrafts. It's the sort ...




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