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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. PLA closer to key anti-piracy role

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

    ... Greg Torode in Singapore Chinese naval observers could soon join European Union naval escorts of World Food Programme shipments to Somalia in preparation for the PLA's own escort operations. PLA naval officials responded to EU requests for international assistance a year ago, but operational details for the escorts are still being worked out- a reflection of the fact ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 to the Mediterranean, with stops in Egypt, Italy and Greece, by the destroyer Guangzhou and frigate Chaohu further extended the PLA's range- they went via the strategic Suez canal to the port ...

  6. PLA likely to send more ships for UN food aid escorts

    Posted Mar 13th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... operation, are authorised by the UN. They aim to protect merchant ships and aid vessels as well as their crews from pirates off the Somali coast,' Zhang said. A Beijing-based retired PLA major ... are a drain and that's why the EU has been keen to get some help,' one officer said. 'It wants to do both - patrol the Indian Ocean more effectively and do the escorts.' PLA ...

  7. PLA delays taking lead on piracy

    Posted Jun 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Awareness and Deconfliction- earlier this month opened with a statement from the chairman, a Nato official, welcoming China's growing role, but PLA delegates were unable to respond with any ... considered unprecedented for the traditionally secretive and insular PLA, and the request was widely seen as a historic first step into international military diplomacy. 'We are still prepared ...

  8. PLA should get green light for anti-piracy role

    Posted Jun 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China's request to play a leading role in the international fight against Somali pirates held out the prospect of an historic expansion of the PLA's operations. Seven months ... contribution to that point had been three vessels escorting Chinese-flagged ships through the region, already an unprecedented step for the PLA. The leadership role would mean China closely ...

  9. PLA troops on HK ships in pirate waters

    Posted Feb 01st 2010, 12:00am by Charlotte So, Minnie Chan

    ... Greg Torode, Charlotte So and Minnie Chan PLA special forces soldiers are routinely serving aboard Hong Kong-registered ships during China's anti-pirate convoys around the Horn ... armed, and drawn from PLA naval special forces units that are part of China's historic three-warship deployment off Somalia. Speaking at a shipping conference in Singapore last week, Tupper ...

  10. Showdown a test of PLA's might

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

    ... waters in an operation laced with military and diplomatic uncertainty. The showdown with Somali pirates holding 25 mainland crew hostage looms as a test not just of the PLA navy's ... Six ships are currently in the pirates' hands. Faced with such uncertainties, the PLA task force could be expected initially to shadow the ship once they find it, and seek to open ...




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