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Chinese Warships to Make Naval Station Mayport Port Visit Amidst South China Sea Tension

Type 52 Luyang II guided missile destroyer Jinan

Type 52 Luyang II guided missile destroyer Jinan

A trio of Chinese warships in the middle of a world tour are in route to Naval Station Mayport, Fla. for a scheduled goodwill port visit next month, U.S. Navy officials told USNI News on Thursday.

The officials would not specify the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) combatants involved but USNI News understands the three ships are the Type 052C Luyang II-class guided-missile destroyer Jinan (152), the Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate Yiyang (548) and the Type 903 Fuchi-class fleet oiler Qiandao Hu (886).

Jane’s
reported the trio was in Stockholm late last month.

“Three vessels are on an around-the-world deployment and will conduct the goodwill visit after completing port calls in Europe,” read a statement from Navy Region Southeast.
“The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) will serve as the host ship. In Mayport, sailors from both navies will participate in sporting events and interact during ship tours.”

U.S. officials would not elaborate if there would be an at-sea training component to the visit slated to run from Nov. 3rd to the 7th.

Navy officials stressed the visit was planned months in advance but comes as Washington and Beijing are still at loggerheads over territorial possessions in the South China Sea.

The Obama administration has been weighing for weeks whether or not it will send a freedom of navigation mission within 12 nautical miles — the internationally recognized maritime border — of features in the Spratly and Paracel China has reclaimed from the sea. The creation of the new islands, which the U.S. does not recognize as Chinese territory, has inflamed tension in the region.

One member of Congress expressed concern that increased cooperation from U.S. should come along with more Chinese transparency.

“While the U.S. has been fervently cultivating military-to-military exchanges, China’s behavior at sea has not tracked with its rhetoric of a ‘peaceful rise’,” read a Thursday statement from Rep. Randy Forbes, from the chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, to USNI News.
“Engagement like the upcoming Chinese visit to Mayport should not be done purely for engagement’s sake, and I hope that in addition to increased transparency, we start to see China moderate its other destabilizing activities.”
In addition to the Mayport visit, China has sent the flotilla to first ever PLAN port visits in the Baltic Sea in ports like Stolkholm, Sweden and Helsinki, Finland as part of the world tour

Earlier this month a PLAN training ship with Chinese midshipmen pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Yesterday, a collection of about two dozen U.S. naval officers paid a visit to the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning in China, according to Chinese state controlled press and confirmed by the Navy.

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    Beautiful looking Vessels.
    even the oiler is sweet looking. Maybe the eye opener we need. And there amphibious ships 4 the size of our LPD’s and there smaller ones are numberous and fairly new. Oops if they wanted they could put 2000 troops. On each of those man made islands at once.

    • Hugh

      They could also simultaneously put thousands of troops and their equipment in various ports using container ships fitted out for the purpose.

    • adaptus primus

      Good observation. I noticed the same thing. Their new destroyer hulls look definitely more recent design compare to our Aegis warships.

      • disqus_zommBwspv9

        I wonder if they use the astern refueling method. Saw the Russians do that once in the 80’s two unrep stations on each side one fuel one cargo That oiler with them is less than 10 years old

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  • muzzleloader

    No doubt an intel gathering opportunity for the Chicoms. LoL

  • britbob

    To see some ICJ judgments and other legal opinions on territorial seas Google: ‘Falkland Islands Territorial Waters Academia/BritBob’ to gain an understanding as to how the world court deals with territorial sea disputes.

  • Western

    What Chinese ports have our warships visited? Have we measured depth, currents, wind and bottom composition in the Spratly Islands? I hear much about their warships visiting our ports, not so much the other way around.

    • adaptus primus

      Our carriers visit Hong Kong all the time.

      • disqus_zommBwspv9

        Right within range of most likely hundreds of super sonic and sub sonic cruise missles

  • Michael Nunez

    Well if Conflict were to happen today , those ships are sitting Ducks , not to mention the intel. that can be gathered about Chinese Coping of Western Technology….. .

    • disqus_zommBwspv9

      how about away boarding parties.

  • Jim DiGiacomo

    How does our LCS frigate derivative match up against their frigate? Not very well.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Their ships are made in China, that is your answer.

      • DeSwiss

        So are ours. We just assemble ours here….. :-/

        • Evil_Annie_2015

          Ours have sank many enemies over different battles. The chinese ships will stop working a few yards from their port, so no worries 🙂

      • disqus_zommBwspv9

        Lay you 5 to 1 odds the Chinese Navy stole the designs from other countries

    • disqus_zommBwspv9

      Maybe if any LCS are I port at the time. They hide them behind the tugboats and merchants ships

  • matimal

    Where can we protest? Free Tibet! Independent Taiwan!

    • Secundius

      @ matimal.

      Any Where You Want? Only problem being, Will Anyone Listen…

      • matimal

        Not in china. Millions of discontented Chinese would definitely listen.

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  • sferrin

    We should treat them like they treat our ships. Ram them, harass them, etc. “Peaceful Rise” and all that.

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