It is said to be a Type 073A landing ship.The collision happened at night on the ocean with little lighting other than what the ships themselves provided. So in the eyes of startled sailors on the ship even a smaller sized vessel might seem large, I wonder if the Taiwan Coast Guard managed to take more accurate readings of the ship in question, radar signature or night sight photos would be helpful.
Shichang was converted from a ro-ro ship, it wasn't built as a dedicated naval ship.What strange design
They have the exhaust on the back deck
This would have been a great LPD like the Bay class if they didn’t have the silly looking exhaust on the back deck, no deck utilisation in mind here
Why not just put it right in the middle
Moving the funnel would be a pretty major structural modification.But you do agree that with little modification the ships capability can be optimised
Wrong shoes?PLANS 82 Shichang is a modular multi-role ship. In PLAN it is known as National Defence Mobilisation ship. Its role changes from time to time. The ship has been in PLAN service since 1996.
Installing hospital module
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Transporting type 022 missile boat
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2019 Current role : Navy Cadet Training ship.
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details of howChina condemned a US naval patrol near disputed reefs in the South China Sea and called on Washington to stop infringing upon its sovereignty.
On Wednesday, the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Fiery Cross and Mischief reefs, China’s two biggest artificial islands in the disputed Spratlys. Other US vessels were nearby.
It was the first time an American warship had challenged two Chinese military outposts at once in a “freedom of navigation” operation.
On Thursday, Senior Colonel Li Huamin, spokesman of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theatre Command, accused the United States of “acting as a hegemony in ignorance of the international laws and rules” and urged Washington to stop its “provocative actions” to avoid an “unpredictable incident”.
He said the PLA Navy and Air Force shadowed, identified, monitored, warned and expelled the destroyer.
“Our troops will [take] all necessary measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and security and firmly safeguard the peace and stability in the South China Sea,” Li said.
Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for US 7th Fleet, said its forces operated in the Indo-Pacific region on a daily basis, including the South China Sea.
“All operations are designed in accordance with international law and demonstrate that the United States will fly, sail and operate whatever international law allows,” she said.
China lays claim to most of the South China Sea, an area rich in resources and through which trillions in trade passes each year. It has occupied the Paracel Islands, built up seven islands in the Spratlys, and assigned significant military forces to them.
The US Navy has sent ships into waters around the Chinese-controlled islands and reefs almost on a monthly basis since the end of last year “to challenge excessive maritime claims”.
Chinese and US warships regularly have encounters in the South China Sea, where Beijing also has territorial disputes with Asian neighbours.
The latest patrol comes amid rising trade and geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington.
It also follows China’s rejection of a request by a US naval vessel to make a port call at Qingdao in eastern Shandong province. Earlier in the month, Beijing also rejected a port call request for two US warships to visit Hong Kong.