Posts Tagged ‘China’s North Sea Fleet’

China Navy Ships Depart for Joint Drills With Russia

September 14, 2017

BEIJING — Four Chinese navy ships have departed for joint drills with Russia in the latest sign of growing cooperation between the two militaries that could challenge the U.S. armed forces’ role in the Asia-Pacific.

A destroyer, missile frigate, supply ship and submarine rescue ship departed Wednesday from the port of Qingdao, home to China’s north sea fleet, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The drills are being held in the Sea of Japan near the Korean Peninsula and the Sea of Okhotsk off the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, Xinhua said.

The exercises are the second stage of an annual joint drill, the first part of which was held July 22-27 in the Baltic Sea — the first time the countries had exercised together in the northern European waterbody.

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Chinese and Russian destroyers take part in a previous joint exercise in 2014 / AP

Russia and China are closely aligned on many diplomatic and security issues, with both countries calling for a negotiated settlement of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, preceded by North Korea suspending its nuclear and missile activities in return for the U.S. and South Korea halting their regular large-scale wargames.

July’s joint drills in the Baltic stirred concern among countries in the region, where tensions are already high over increased displays of military force by both Moscow and NATO.

Both Russia and China say the exercises are not directed at any third parties.

The Chinese ships taking part in the exercises are among the country’s most advanced, components of a growing fleet that poses a significant challenge to the U.S. Navy’s traditional dominance in the Asia-Pacific. Beijing has long chafed at the American presence and is a strong critic of its alliances with Japan, Australia and other countries in the region.

China already has the world’s largest navy, with slightly over 300 vessels, compared to the U.S. Navy’s 277 “deployable battle force ships,” according to the U.S. Naval War College’s China Maritime Studies Institute. The U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence forecasts it will have 313-342 warships by 2020.

While China’s ships are technologically inferior to those of the U.S. Navy, their sheer numbers allow China a significant presence on the open sea, institute professor Andrew S. Erickson wrote in a recent study.


US Navy Chief Heading to China to Ease Tensions Over South China Sea

July 16, 2016


U.S. Navy Adm. John Richardson will make his first trip to China as chief of naval operations next week to ease tensions over South China Sea territorial disputes and also get a look at China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, the Navy said Thursday.

Admiral  John Richardson

Richardson, a career submariner, during the July 17-20 trip will also head to China’s submarine academy in Qingdao, homeport of China’s North Sea Fleet, and meet for the first time with Adm. Wu Shengli, commander of naval forces in the People’s Liberation Army.

“I have been looking forward to this trip and to meeting Admiral Wu for some time,” Richardson said. “These are important times for our two navies and for maritime forces throughout the region. As we seek to learn from each other, there is no substitute for these types of face-to-face meetings.”

The agenda for Richardson’s meetings will include discussions on the South China Sea, the ongoing Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises off Hawaii and the southern California coast, and future opportunities for the two navies to operate together, the Navy said.

The Liaoning, a Soviet-era Russian ship that China bought from Ukraine in 1998, was rebuilt in Chinese shipyards and commissioned in 2012. China has plans for three more short takeoff but arrested recovery (STOBAR) carriers in the effort to become a “blue water navy” with global reach.

Richardson’s China visit will come a week after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague issued a stark ruling against China’s wide-ranging territorial claims in the South China Sea and its construction of artificial islands.

Admiral Wu Shengli

However, the court has no method of enforcing its ruling and China on Thursday undertook a series of actions to show its defiance of the ruling in the case brought by the Philippines.

Two Chinese aircraft landed on disputed reefs in the South China Sea and Beijing’s coast guard reportedly blocked a Filipino boat from a contested shoal. China’s state media also said that the country had completed construction of four lighthouses on disputed reefs and was beginning to build a fifth.

Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Taiwan also have claims in the South China Sea which conflict with China’s so-called “nine-dash line” on maps encompassing nearly all of the South China Sea.

In addition, China challenged the legitimacy of the court and its ruling. A commentary in the official news agency Xinhua said that the tribunal “in the South China Sea arbitration is nothing but a puppet tribunal established at the unilateral request of the former Philippine government, and its so-called ‘award’ by no means represents international law.”

China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

The U.S. has called for calm and renewed diplomacy while suggesting that the various claimants in the South China Sea consider negotiations on joint development of the region’s fish and mineral resources.

“We are trying to encourage them to use this decision (by the tribunal) as the basis for discussion and potentially basis for agreement on exploring things like joint development,” a senior State Department official said on background Tuesday.

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China’s North Sea Fleet holds training on missile launch

October 18, 2013

The ship pictured appears to be a  Sovremenny ship shooting missiles. China purchased two unfinished ex-Soviet Navy Sovremenny class (Project 956) missiles destroyers in the 1990s. The two ships, 136 Hangzhou and 137 Fuzhou, were delivered to the PLA Navy in 1999 and 2000 respectively. With their formidable 3M-80E Moskit (NATO codename: SS-N-22 Sunburn) supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles and 9M38 (NATO codename: SA-N-7 Gadfly) air defence missiles, Sovremenny class is the most capable surface combatant in the PLA Navy inventory. China ordered an additional two Sovremenny destroyers in 2002. These are the improved variant Project 956EM and expected to be delivered between 2005 and 2006.



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Pictured: PLA Navy guided missile destroyer Ningbo (Sovremenny Class). China has used this photo before but the Sovremenny ships have not been seen much recently.

The near ship appears to be a 054A type Frigate, hull number 538 Yantai




Type-051C guided missile destroyer with the hull number 116 Shijiazhuang