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I couldn't work out where to post this, so feel free to move it as appropriate.

I recently stumbled across
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article from the USNI 'Naval History' journal on the early (pre-1980s) PLAN and the ongoing relevance of that period today, which is well worth reading.

Looking at the footnotes, I see that the author makes extensive use of a 1983 book by US naval intelligence writer David G. Muller,
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, which I have now ordered. I lack detailed knowledge of this period and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. And as the USNI author points out, these matters are not only of historical interest, but are deeply entwined with issues that are still playing out today.

This book has now arrived and from even a brief perusal I can observe that it is highly detailed, readable, and immensely useful. A sample:

On the night of 6 August 1965, the 1,250-ton ROC Navy patrol ship Chienmen, with Rear Admiral Hu Chia-sheng embarked and assisted by a 450-ton patrol craft, was in the process of landing commandos in rubber boats in the Fujian-Guangdong provincial border area in the southern Taiwan Strait. The area was well covered by PRC coastal surveillance radar, and the Chinese may even have had prior knowledge of the operation. The two ships were surprised by between seven and ten small PRC combatants and were both sunk in the ensuing battle. A total of 203 Nationalists were killed or captured, including Admiral Hu. (p. 125)

The battles of 1965 marked a turning point in the relationship between the navies of the PRC and ROC. PRC naval ships still avoided operating regularly in the strait, and the ROC still maintained a superior presence in the region, but the ROC Navy had developed a new respect for its adversary and after 1965 rarely engaged in any provocative actions. It was understood by both sides that Taiwan had free run of the strait only so long as the PRC chose not to contest the situation. Renewed ROC naval harassment of fishing operations, aggressive patrols, and the landing of infiltrators would invite further disastrous engagements and could ultimately result in the loss of access to the offshore island garrisons. Both sides were now content to refrain from military confrontation in the strait. By the end of 1965, the PRC Navy can be said to have achieved one of its primary goals: the security of the East China coast from ROC incursions and harassment. (pp. 127-8)


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What is the realm of unmanned marine vehicles? Why isn't it produced? It would be great for the pacific


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This book has now arrived and from even a brief perusal I can observe that it is highly detailed, readable, and immensely useful. A sample:
Just started reading the same book and couldn't agree more.


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This thread is predominantly for new, inexperienced posters on SD. There will be one in each forum and the questions should relate to the overall topic of the forum in which it is located..

It is for true nubie or greenie questions that we do not want to clutter up our main threads with.

It is also for "off the wall," questions or suggestions, even from more experienced users on SD.

Our forum is very broad ranging and everyone cannot be experts on in one of the forums, if you have a legitimate question you have been afraid or embarrassed to ask...this is where you can do it.

As moderators see questions that may fit into these categories on other threads...they may well move them here to try and keep our more serious threads as professional as possible.

Be patient. Longer time members will watch these threads as will moderators...but it may take us a whole to get to some of these questions.

So...with that...carryon!
May I know why there's not a 055 thread on this channel?


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Is it the case that one of the PLAN CVs is focused on training crews and the other pilots, or they're both conducting as much crew+pilot training as possible?