China International Marine, Port & Shipbuilding Fair 2018 displays models of quite a few ships including nuclear powered dredgers and logistics supply ships. There is also a model of the configuration of China’s aircraft carrier battle group as shown in the above photos.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Display of configuration of China’s aircraft carrier battle group” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
In its report “China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests”, SCMP says, “Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo, who served as a national political adviser and sits on the navy’s advisory board on cybersecurity, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that building aircraft carriers served to “defend China’s sovereignty of the islands and reefs, maritime rights and overseas interests”.
It quotes Yin as saying, “Protecting the economic, political status and occupational safety of overseas Chinese is paramount to safeguarding China’s domestic economic development and its reform and opening-up”.
Source: SCMP “China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests”
Full text of the SCMP report can be viewed at http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1919990/china-plans-aircraft-carrier-battlegroups-protect
China’s first and only aircraft carrier has successfully carried out a series of tests during a training mission in the disputed South China Sea, state media reported on Monday.
This month’s drills off the coast of Hainan Island mark not only the first time China has sent a carrier into the South China Sea but the first time it has maneuvered with the kind of strike group of escort ships U.S. carriers deploy, according to regional military officers and analysts.
The Liaoning has carried out more than 100 tests, including of its combat systems, and training tasks since early December, the official English-language China Daily said.
“The Liaoning successfully performed several tests of the combat system today and organized for the first time comprehensive combat training,” the newspaper cited the navy saying in a statement.
“Through this operation, we tested the carrier’s combat capability and tried the performance of its propulsion and seaworthiness.”
The mission has been characterized by “a large number of tests, rigorous standards, complicated circumstances as well as collaboration with multiple military units”, it added.
The carrier is being escorted by two destroyers and two frigates.
“The South China Sea has deep waters, strong wind and big waves, making it a suitable place for the aircraft carrier to conduct tests and training,” the China Daily quoted the Liaoning’s captain, Zhang Zheng, as saying.
Zhang said drills included practicing defending against hostile aircraft, ships and submarines in simulations.
The Liaoning – a Soviet-era ship bought from Ukraine in 1998 and re-fitted in a Chinese shipyard – has long been a symbol of China’s naval build-up.
After two decades of double-digit increases in the military budget, China’s admirals plan to develop a full blue-water navy capable of defending growing economic interests as well as disputed territory in the South and East China Seas.
Carrier strike groups sit at the core of those ambitions – and successfully operating the 60,000-tonne Liaoning is the first step in what state media and some military experts believe will be China’s deployment of several locally built carriers by 2020.
The USS Cowpens narrowly avoided colliding with a Chinese warship escorting the Liaoning while operating in international waters on December 5, the U.S. Navy has said. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday called the Chinese ship’s actions “irresponsible”.
China’s official Xinhua news agency said the Cowpens was “warned” by the carrier task force, adding the U.S. vessel was “intentionally” putting the Liaoning under surveillance.
Source: Reuters “China says carrier tests in South China Sea going well”
- The Liaoning to Defend South China Sea Islands in Case of War with Japan dated December 1
- China military sends air patrols through new defense zone: Xinhua dated November 29
- Chinese Rear Admiral: B-52 Flew Prudently for Fear of Being Shot Down by China dated November 29
- Signals of Beijing’s Determination to Fight for Diaoyu Islands dated November 26
- China advises nationals living in Japan to register with embassy in Tokyo dated November 26
- Sino-Japanese Air Confrontation, Repetition of Hainan Collision between Chinese and US aircrafts? dated November 26
China’s official TV network CNTV says today, China’s first aircraft is having its 9th sea trial for quite a long period of time commencing from July 5. However, Chinese military expert Zhang Rong says on the screen that in his opinion, the carrier will not be commissioned on August 1 as no taking-off or landing tests have been carried out.
That is quite an authoritative opinion on the progress of the trials.
In addition, CNTV reveals that according to foreign media, China has formulated secret 085 and 089 plans on construction of new aircraft carriers. According to the 085 plan, China will build two conventional aircraft carriers by 2020. The first one will be completed between 2015 and 2017. The 089 plan concerns the construction of two nuclear aircraft carriers. The time when it will be carried out depends on China’s economic strength after 2020.
A future aircraft carrier battle group will consist of one 085 conventional carrier, 2 051Ds, 2 052Ds, 4 054Ds, one supply ship and a few submarines. According to foreign media, by that time China’s marine defense center will move out from the area close to its coasts to the first island chain.
Chinese military expert Hu Siyuan says that it may be an exaggerated view. However, it is possible, but it relies first on China’s social stablility and 2. the development of China’s science and technology.