The Chinese Communist Party’s Liaoning aircraft carrier recently conducted anti-aircraft and anti-submarine training in the waters of the western Pacific, according to a report by a state-run radio station in mainland China. They have exercised the combat capability of the carrier strike group in distant sea operations. Meanwhile, Shandong, the first land-based aircraft carrier, is conducting its first deep-sea training exercises near the Philippines in the deep waters of the western Pacific. It is the first time that two Chinese aircraft carriers have appeared simultaneously in the Western Pacific. According to mainland Chinese experts, this is preparation for future joint operations of the dual aircraft carrier formation, which has significant implications for China’s anti-regional intervention and deep-sea combat capabilities.
The Ministry of National Defense has stated that in response to the movements of the two aircraft carriers from the Chinese mainland, the national military is using joint intelligence surveillance measures to closely monitor the movements of the Chinese military and the situation in the surrounding areas throughout the country. the whole process. They maintain high alertness and respond appropriately to defend national security.
Zhou Jianqiang, commander of the aircraft carrier Liaoning and former captain of the Xi’ning, said according to a report by China’s state-run radio station that they are building typical scenarios that highlight the deployment and practical training of remote naval combat capabilities. They insist on using a systematic approach, linking dynamic casting with combat training, practicing command, tactics and capabilities, and improving the combat capability of the aircraft carrier strike group during deep sea operations. CCTV footage shows several ships circling the Liaoning ship and a plane taking off and landing on its deck. Throughout the training period, foreign military ships and aircraft have been conducting continuous close reconnaissance and surveillance surveillance. According to the state-run radio station report, an aircraft from the Liaoning frigate was seen observing an F-15 fighter jet of a foreign military.
Shandong goes to Guam
In addition, the first Chinese-made aircraft carrier Shandong participated in the Taiwan Combat Readiness Police Patrol and the “Joint Sword” exercise from the 8th to the 10th of this month off the coast of eastern Taiwan. According to a report released on April 17 by the Japan Self-Defense Force’s Integrated Staff and Supervision Department, the China Southern Theater Navy’s ocean-going training formation centered on the Shandong aircraft carrier did not turn around and return west after the “Joint Sword” military exercise around the Taiwan Strait, but instead proceeded towards east to the depths of the western Pacific and Guam. On the fourteenth, the formation sailed to a location 520 kilometers southwest of Okinatori Reef. On the 16th, the latest position was 710 kilometers south-southeast of Okinotori Reef, west of Guam. Guam, a major military base in the second island chain in the U.S., is only 400 miles away.The Shandong ship is believed to be currently conducting long-range training in the South China Sea and Western Pacific.
This is the second time a Chinese aircraft carrier has approached Guam, following the Liaoning ship last December. The distances between the two approaches were roughly equivalent, varying between 300 and 400 miles. In March this year, the Shandong ship obtained permission for combat readiness training by reaching the targets of the predetermined combat capability. Liang Huadong, the director of the Shandong ship’s steering group, was quoted by mainland media as saying that the Liaoning ship would soon join the Shandong ship on the high seas.
Type 055 destroyer, Xianyang, unveiled
The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) now has eight ships of the Type 055 destroyer in service thanks to the unveiling of the eighth Type 055 destroyer, the Xianyang Ship, on 21 April. According to CCTV military broadcasts, Dalian had hull number 105 and Yan’an, which had hull number 106, was berthed alongside Xianyang in the same port. The Type 055 Renhai-class Guided Missile Destroyer is the first 10,000-ton destroyer developed and built by China.
The Chinese claim that the Type 055 destroyer’s technical and tactical characteristics and performance parameters are the most similar to those of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers among destroyers of the same caliber worldwide.
Compared to several types of missile destroyers currently in service with the Chinese Navy, the Type 055 destroyer has a larger displacement, interior space and propulsion power, which also means it has greater potential for improvements and upgrades. To some extent, this is also the most important factor determining the final number of Type 055 destroyers to be built.