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  1. PLA joins forces with rival navies for piracy patrols

    Posted Feb 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and Japan are among the world's top oil importers... while New Delhi's demand for energy is increasing year after year amid rapid economic growth.' The PLA has maintained a revolving ...

  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 ... a Beijing-based PLA naval expert, said the country had long-term strategic interests that went beyond piracy off the Horn of Africa. 'China will definitely want to play a key role and share more ...

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

    Posted Oct 21st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Keith Wallis in London keith.wallis@scmp.com China is set to strengthen its role in anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden by taking control of a newly formed naval 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 ...

  4. Ships told to arm against pirates, despite risk of escalating attacks

    Posted Aug 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that this is not a real solution'. Captain Tao Weigong, who co-ordinates the PLA navy's escorts of commercial shipping off the Horn of Africa, told the conference that since China started its ...

  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. Shipowners seek joint force against pirates

    Posted Apr 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... it was taking so long to address the piracy issue in a decisive way'. Koo said he had told officers and officials, in meetings with the PLA Navy, the mainland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

  7. PLA provides first escort of food aid ship off Somalia

    Posted Mar 30th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... have yet to give detailed accounts of the escort beyond a brief mention in the PLA Daily- despite the continuing expansion of an anti-piracy effort in the Indian Ocean. The mission appears to suggest an appetite for more risk in the minds of PLA naval strategists as they grow more comfortable with the anti-piracy efforts, according to foreign military attaches and analysts. ...

  8. Action stations?

    Posted Feb 01st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... And then there are the operational opportunities. The Horn of Africa mission, which has just entered its third year, provides precisely the kind of experience PLA naval strategists need as they seek to match blue-water ... meanwhile, are carefully calibrated. While Chinese forces have opened fire from ships and helicopters to successfully break up pirate attacks on convoys, PLA forces have so far skirted ...

  9. Fear of Somali pirates heading to Malacca Strait

    Posted Jan 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... that troubled many in the industry- reflected a new determination, he said. Up until now, many of the 40-odd navies involved in the Indian Ocean anti-piracy effort, including the PLA's historic deployment of three ships, have been reluctant to take the fight to the pirates. Like other navies operating out of the main Nato, EU or Combined Maritime Forces flotillas, the PLA runs escorts ...

  10. PLA navy repels pirates with grenades, bullets

    Posted Sep 04th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The PLA navy has displayed a fresh appetite to confront pirates plaguing vital sea lanes off the Horn of Africa, breaking up recent attacks on shipping with stun grenades and machine-gun fire. PLA commanders appear determined to showcase the potential of the large amphibious assault ship Kunlunshan just as monsoonal calms spark fresh attacks by Somali pirates on ships ...




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