PLAN Naval Drill: China Practices for ‘Cruel and Short’ War in East China Sea
The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) held a large-scale naval exercise in the East China Sea involving around 300 ships, dozens of fighter aircraft and ground troops including coastal defense units, according to Chinese media reports. The naval drill, which began on August 1, involved live-firing practices and the launch of dozens of anti-ship missiles and torpedoes, among other things.
The naval maneuver took place on the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army on August 1 in 1927. China’s Ministry of Defense called it “routine” and not intended to threaten third parties. “The drill is aimed at honing the assault intensity, precision, stability and speed of troops amid heavy electromagnetic influences, “a PLAN statement noted. An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency.”
Units of all three principal PLAN formations—the East Sea, North Sea, and South Sea Fleets—participated in the exercise. “The drill focused more on training in actual combat conditions, as well as to test the technology in our weapons systems. We wanted to see how our planning and performance of our weapons and vessels would perform under real combat scenarios to ensure we’re ready to deal with any maritime security threats,” Vice-Admrial Su Zhiqian, the commander of the East China Sea Fleet told reporters. Read more…