Tag Archives: People’s Liberation Army Navy

Russia, China Wrap Up Drills Off Japan, Pledge More Joint Exercises

Russia, China Wrap Up Drills Off Japan, Pledge More Joint Exercises

Russian and Chinese ships on Oct. 23 off the coast of Japan. JMSDF Image

KUALA LUMPUR – A combined Russian Navy and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet concluded a sail in international waters east of Japan’s main island of Honshu and split off to their home ports on Saturday, all while being monitored by Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships and aircraft during the voyage. Read More

Hicks: Chinese Military Expansion Poses Threats to Guam, Hawaii

Hicks: Chinese Military Expansion Poses Threats to Guam, Hawaii

The launch of the Type 75 big-deck amphib in Shanghai on. PLAN Photo

The United States has “real reasons for concern” over China’s expanding size and range of its military capabilities close to Japan that also pose threats to Guam and Hawaii, as well as Australia, the deputy secretary of defense said Friday. Read More

This is What a Chinese Stealth Warship Looks Like on Radar

This is What a Chinese Stealth Warship Looks Like on Radar

Although popularly described as ‘stealthy’, China’s Type-022 missile boat is clearly visible in Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite imagery provided by Capella Space Inc. The bow (A) is discernable, as is the mast (B), missile launchers (C) and catamaran hulls at the stern (D). H I Sutton image used with permission

Warships designs are increasingly taking their radar signature into account. Sharp angles that deflect radar waves and coatings that absorb radar energy have been standard features of warship designs for most new warships over the last 20 years. An extreme example is the class of the Chinese Navy’s (PLAN) Type-022 missile boat. Its lines are angled and sloped to deflect incoming radar waves, like a stealth fighter. Everything is carefully angled and even the window frames have saw-tooth edges, according to published photos of the class. Read More

Japanese Military Spots Chinese Sub Near Southern Islands

Japanese Military Spots Chinese Sub Near Southern Islands

Song-class submarines of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

KUALA LUMPUR – The Japanese Ministry of Defense detected a Chinese submarine operating in the contiguous zone of Japan’s southern islands, they announced in a Sept. 12 press release, and the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) air and naval units are maintaining surveillance on the submarine. Read More

Navy Destroyer, Coast Guard Cutter Make Eighth U.S. Taiwan Strait Transit in 2021

Navy Destroyer, Coast Guard Cutter Make Eighth U.S. Taiwan Strait Transit in 2021

Legend-class U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) transits the Taiwan Strait during a routine transit with Arleigh-burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100), Aug. 27. US Navy Photo

A Navy guided-missile destroyer and a Coast Guard National Security Cutter moved through the Taiwan Strait on Friday, marking the eighth transit of the waters this year by an American warship. Read More