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  1. 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 ...

  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 ... 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. US wants hotline to PLA ships to avert mishaps

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

    ... piracy in the Indian Ocean had better communication with PLA naval forces, 'in this region we are just not as successful at receiving the return of communications [during] the normal conduct ... 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Display of might gets mixed reviews

    Posted Apr 24th 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... generation, but military experts said the fact that 21 foreign warships participated is still a feather in the cap of the PLA Navy. Part of the hype surrounding the naval parade revolved around ... of the achievements of PLA navy modernisation in the past three decades, because the represented warships are very old, except the Guangzhou ship, which was a third-generation key missile destroyer.' ...

  9. Hu to be third leader to inspect naval fleet

    Posted Apr 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan The PLA Navy parade today that President Hu Jintao will inspect in Qingdao, Shandong province, will be the largest in the nation's modern history. As chairman ... but it was not clear which ones, and the numbers of other warships and aircraft taking part were not released either. It is believed the fleet has at least six nuclear-powered subs. The PLA Navy was founded ...

  10. 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 ...




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