According to various reports, the ‘Jinggangshan’ is well-suited for landing and supplying troops and equipment on small, disputed areas in the South China sea such as the Spratly Islands.
According to Wikipedia, “…there are no native islanders but there are rich fishing grounds and initial surveys indicate the islands may contain significant reserves of oil and natural gas… About 45 islands are occupied by relatively small numbers of military forces from Vietnam, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Malaysia and the Philippines.”
Sooner or later, it’s going to “hit the fan”. And as the U.S. cuts back on its Navy budget, the Chinese are rapidly increasing their capabilities.
When will trade with Communist China be correctly identified as a major security threat? See the links at the foot of this post.
Latest amphibious warship launched in Shanghai
Hou Lei: July 19th, 2011
The Jinggangshan dock landing ship, which is the largest warship in the Chinese Navy, was officially launched in Shanghai, Monday’s Jiangxi Daily reported.
The report did not give the exact date of the launch.
With a displacement of 19,000 tons, the amphibious warship is 210 meters long and 28 meters wide and can carry helicopters, armored fighting vehicles, boats and landing craft as well as nearly 1,000 soldiers, Jiangxi Daily said.
According to an earlier report on china.com, Jinggangshan is the second of the Type 071 dock landing ship and was built by the Shanghai-based Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard. The first one, Kunlunshan, was launched in 2006 with a displacement of 18,000 tons, it said.
The ship was christened the Jinggangshan last December “to show the love for the revolutionary base area and inherit and carry forward its revolutionary spirit,” according to Jiangxi Daily and china.com’s report.
Jinggangshan, or Jinggang Mountains, is located in East China’s Jiangxi province and is known as the birthplace of China’s People’s Liberation Army and the cradle of China’s revolution.
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