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Jeff Head

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Here is the current face of the new PLAN naval force. A CSG and five classes of new Chinese vessels.

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Type 052C
Type 054A
Type 056

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...and it only gets better from here with the Type 055 and CCV-17 now launched, and with more of them and CV-002 on the way.

Very impressive!
 

Jeff Head

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Nice pics as the Liaoning comes into Hong Kong, with a Type 056 and a Type 052D thrown in for good measure:

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Impressive. The PLAN needs o make more foreign port calls like this and show their CCSG off. I'd love to see it go to San Diego, New York, London, places in the Med, etc.
 

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Finally seeing some larger exercises...now with three Type 026 LCACs at once.

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But still nothing substantial loaded in those LCACs.

I want to see two Type 071s with six LCACs, landing small tanks, APCs, Jeeps, and lots of troops.

Or better yet, three Type 071s with seven or eight LCACs carrying a lot of equipment and soldiers to the beaches.
 

Jeff Head

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These three pic of the three new Chinese islands with their airfields are stunning.

Having worked the last 15 years of my career for the US Bureau of Reclamation, I have to say how impressive what the Chinese have accomplished is.

They took shoals and reefs and turned them into impressive island bases with all of the fixings. And folks, these have clearly been designed to be mutually supportive military installations...and the proof is in the pictures of the finished products.

...and I have no problem with the Chinese improving their possessions however they feel warranted. Other nations are foolish to write off, scoff at, or take lightly what China is doing. And they did this at the same time they are doing a massive and equally impressive military/naval modernization and build up.

In fact, it is clear that the two go together like a hand in glove.

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Simply amazing from what originally existed there.
 

Jeff Head

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Just for comparison sake...look at what the original improvements were back in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s of all three areas in the same order...Mischief, Fiery, and Subi:

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Each of those structures is a small...a very small...dot on the large islands they have created. Those air fields are each something on the order of 10,000 feet long, capable of landing any aircraft from a fighter, to a large bomber. As I said...amazing.

For example, here's Fiery in 2013:

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Here's Fiery two years later:

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You saw what the finished product is now in 2017 above.
 
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Jeff Head

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My five favorite pics of CV-17 so far.

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You can be sure that there will be future, much more impressive shots once she goes to see with her weapons...and then her air wing. We will see that type of thing when she goes into builders and then naval trials leading up to her handover.

But for now...these say all that needs to be said.
 

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Some of the best overall CSG pics from the PLAN so far with the Liiaoning, CV-16.

This first one is the carrier with two Type 054A FFGs, two Type 052C DDGs, and 1 Type 052D DDG (in the rear).

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Next is the carrier with the single trailing Type 052D DDG.

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Then we have one of the carrier with two Type 054As and two Type 052C DDGs.

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The last two are of the carrier with a single FFG (054A) and a single DDG (052C)

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GREAT stuff. We used to PS photos like these together years ago...now it is stark reality.
 

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The guided-missile destroyer Harbin (Hull 112) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the North China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy fires rocket-propelled depth charges at simulated targets during a maritime training exercise in waters off the Yellow Sea in mid-January, 2018. (Photo/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
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The guided-missile frigate Yichang (Hull 564) attached to a destroyer flotilla with the North China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy steams in waters off the Yellow Sea during a maritime training exercise in mid-January, 2018. (Photo/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
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Sailors assigned to a destroyer flotilla with the North China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy clear off the ice on a decoy (chaff) launching system aboard the guided-missile destroyer Harbin (Hull 112) during a maritime training exercise in waters off the Yellow Sea in mid-January, 2018. (Photo/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
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Vessels attached to a destroyer flotilla with the North China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy steam in formation in waters off the Yellow Sea during a maritime training exercise in mid-January, 2018. (Photo/eng.chinamil.com.cn)
 

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