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18 months does seem really short for a ship, doubly so for one that's supposed to carry aircraft. Perhaps they are also trying to pioneer some new construction methods for even faster shipbuilding?

If that turns out to be the case and the PLAN becomes able to pump out carriers (or even something like 076) in a similar amount of time, it would be nothing short of astonshing.
 

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wuhuanqing1.jpgThe medical ship attached to a service ship group of the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command steams forward in a maritime assessment on August 22, 2022. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wu Huanqing)

wuhuanqing2.jpgA sailor assigned to a service ship group of the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command, wearing the chemical defense gear, conducts toxic substance detection in a maritime assessment on August 22, 2022. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wu Huanqing)

wuhuanqing3.jpgThe medical ship attached to a service ship group of the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command slings a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) down in a maritime assessment on August 22, 2022. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wu Huanqing)

wuhuanqing4.jpgSailors assigned to a service ship group of the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command steer a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) to the designated sea area in a maritime assessment on August 22, 2022. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Wu Huanqing)
 

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China, Russia hold 2nd joint naval patrol in Pacific Ocean

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Published: Sep 16, 2022 12:35 AM







The Type 055 large destroyer Nanchang attached to the navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Northern Theater Command is seen during deployment as part of the Russian Vostok 2022 strategic military drills lasting through September 7, 2022. The Russian Defense Ministry published footage of the meeting of the two countries' warships in the Sea of Japan on September 2, 2022. Photo: VCG

The Type 055 large destroyer Nanchang attached to the navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Northern Theater Command is seen during deployment as part of the Russian Vostok 2022 strategic military drills lasting through September 7, 2022. The Russian Defense Ministry published footage of the meeting of the two countries' warships in the Sea of Japan on September 2, 2022. Photo: VCG


Warships from China and Russia have embarked on the second joint naval patrol in the Pacific Ocean shortly after the Russia-led Vostok-2022 strategic drills earlier this month, a move experts said on Thursday will demonstrate the two countries' responsibility as major powers and contribute to regional peace and stability.

During the patrol, which is part of the implementation of the military cooperation program between China and Russia, the two countries' warships will conduct joint tactical maneuvering, communications between the ships in the group, and exercises involving live-fire artillery shooting and flights of vessel-based helicopters, according to a press release by the Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday.

The tasks of the patrol are to strengthen naval cooperation between China and Russia, maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, monitor the sea area and safeguard maritime economic activities by China and Russia, the press release said.

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy sent the Type 055 large destroyer Nanchang, the Type 054A guided missile frigate Yancheng and the Type 903A comprehensive supply ship Dongpinghu for the joint patrol, while the Russian Navy sent the frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov, the corvette Hero of the Russian Federation Aldar Tsydenzhapov, the corvette Sovershennyy, the corvette Gromkiy and the medium sea tanker Pechenga, the Russian press release said.

The same Chinese vessels participated in the Russian
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from September 1 to 7, which saw warships from the two countries conducting drills in the waters and coastal zones of the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk, according to previous media reports.

The latest joint naval patrol is the second one by the two countries, as the Chinese and Russian navies formed a joint flotilla after the China-Russia Joint Sea-2021 military exercise in October last year and sailed across the Sea of Japan, the West Pacific and the East China Sea in seven days in their
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, marking a circumnavigation around Japan.

As part of the scheduled military cooperation, the joint patrol does not target another party and is not related with the current regional and international situation, a Beijing-based military expert told the Global Times on Thursday, requesting anonymity.

The joint patrol will practically enhance the two navies' capabilities in jointly dealing with traditional and non-traditional maritime threats, and shows the two major powers' responsibility in contributing to peace and stability in the region, the expert said.

China and Russia will continue to hold military cooperation activities in the future, the expert said.

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Project 912?
Lin Yang, marine technology equipment director at the Shenyang Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, confirmed to the South China Morning Post this month that China is developing a series of extra-large unmanned underwater vehicles, or XLUUVs.
“Yes, we are doing it,” he said.

The institute, in China’s northeast Liaoning province, is a major producer of underwater robots to the Chinese military. Lin developed China’s first autonomous underwater vehicle with operational depth beyond 6km. He is now chief scientist of the 912 Project, a classified programme to develop new-generation military underwater robots in time for the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in 2021.

Lin called China’s unmanned submarine programme a countermeasure against similar weapons now under intensive development in the United States. He declined to elaborate on technical specifications because the information was “sensitive”.
“It will be announced sooner or later, but not now,” he added.
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