But military ships systematically response to the chain of command even in peace time, while civilian ships' main purpose of existance is to make a fortune / business thus not "command" but "needs" drive these ships around.It's not like military grade supply ships can defend themselves any better.
I take your point you are emphasising China's ship building capability, that I agree. But please take my point that military ship got its own requirements that civilian shipyard can't pop them out like candies. As mighty as China's shipbuilding industry, there is still huge time and resources needed for civilian ships to be transformed into what standard PLAN is call for, which is not feasible in the non-world-war peace time.Ok so what stops the PLA navy from commissioning some of these oil tankers into the fleet? Maybe have some built just for the navy, under the ownership of the navy? The financial budget exists and so does the civilian construction capacity. Just buy-out and then modify a few civilian ports that produce these monsters.
after all said and done, end of the day a Sailor serves on a ship that's named after a rich coastal city would get more benefits than a sailor served on a ship that is named after a poor-er interior city.I think i.e. you have had a wrong impression.
The civil local government (ie. the county) do not directly give any monetary benifit to the ship named in her honor, nor dose any civil local governmental body have a deep connection with military body (in this case, ship, ship commander, and the connected officers...) would actually looking well and benifit the county's civil govnt (it looks like plot, a would-be-treason in the making), in fact there are strict regulations on how the civil govnt's sincercy is NOT going to be taken by the military personnel.
And it gose both ways, the ship named after a certain city / county, shall not burden that respective city's civil budget, not to be compulsory at least.
I am not saying there won't be the cases when a ship is named after some rich city, and that city government find ways to bring their sincercy to the ship's service person in ways of some kind of benifit offering. But ships named after poor countys their personnel get the regulatory benifits just as the ships named after rich ones, and even a rich city shows it 拥军 (sincerly support the military in any means possible), can only do so after the MR or even CMC's endorsement, and often being made in such a way that service people coming from different places, ships, regions, get this rich city's equal benifit.
In a word, benifits all allocated - ordered to be allocated, order endorsed by respective MR or even CMC.
While you have a sense that the benifits may be inequal if not allocated by orders, the Chinese political system have long sensed far more grave danger if done inequally (plot, treason, monopoly of civil-military connected officer...), so i.e., I assure you your concerns were long being addressed.
That's because navy AO ships do more than just carry fuel, they carry munitions and supplies as well, think of them as floating ammo dump+fuel dump+cold storage all into one package.Ok so what stops the PLA navy from commissioning some of these oil tankers into the fleet? Maybe have some built just for the navy, under the ownership of the navy? The financial budget exists and so does the civilian construction capacity. Just buy-out and then modify a few civilian ports that produce these monsters.