PLAN SCS Bases/Islands/Vessels (Not a Strategy Page)


ahojunk

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Some pictures dated August 19, 2016. Enjoy!

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Satellite picture of Zhubi Island dated August 19, 2016.

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Satellite picture of Yongshu Island, dated August 19, 2016.

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The entire reef of Yongshu dated August 19, 2016. Most parts of the entire reef are quite deep, it is not practical to reclaim all of it.
 

ahojunk

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Some pictures of Taiping Island. I believe they were taken in September 2015.

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Taiping Island airstrip.

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Taiping Island harbor. Some coast guard vessels.

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Taiping Island harbor area.

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Taiping Island. Turtles come to shore periodically.

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Taiping Island - low tide exposing the beautiful corals.

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Taiping Island - in Spring and Summer, migratory birds visit the island.
 

ahojunk

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Some pictures of unknown structures on Meiji, Zhubi and Yongshu Islands.

unknown-structures.jpgPictures of unknown structures on the 3 islands. They look like silos to me.


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Yongshu Island dated June 3, 2016. The 4 unknown structures are well distributed on the four sides of the island.


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Meiji Island dated July 22, 2016. The four unknown structures are evenly distributed on on the island.


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Zhubi Island dated 24 July 2016. Just as the other islands, the unknown structures are located on four strategic corners of the island.
 

Jeff Head

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Some pictures of unknown structures on Meiji, Zhubi and Yongshu Islands.

View attachment 30792Pictures of unknown structures on the 3 islands. They look like silos to me.


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Yongshu Island dated June 3, 2016. The 4 unknown structures are well distributed on the four sides of the island.


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Meiji Island dated July 22, 2016. The four unknown structures are evenly distributed on on the island.


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Zhubi Island dated 24 July 2016. Just as the other islands, the unknown structures are located on four strategic corners of the island.
Well, they are distributed to give complete coverage from all direction if they are indeed some type of VLS for anti-air.
 

bran ruz

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Well, they are distributed to give complete coverage from all direction if they are indeed some type of VLS for anti-air.
So each location has a series of 3 towers and 4 of those structures. What kind of VLS could it be (regarding size, etc..) ?

Anyway, any fixed structure will remained vulnerable to guided weapons and must be duplicated by mobile units as seen in Paracels.
 
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Jeff Head

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So each location has a series of 3 towers and 4 of those structures. What kind of VLS could it be (regarding size, etc..) ?

Anyway, any fixed structure will remained vulnerable to guided weapons and must be duplicated by mobile units as seen in Paracels.
I do not know exactly.

but a fixed location on these small islands is not that bad a thing, particularly if it is a strong design.

The US is spending a LOT of money to build fixed AEGIS ashore facilities in Eastern Europe that will be very capable at defending against anything (if they wanted it to) from small surface skimming subsonic missiles, to ballistic missiles.

These probably are not so much a ballistic missile defense, but they certainly could be a strong missile defense against whatever might attack those islands.

Since the islands are small, a smart weapon could attack a fixed or a mobile unit with strong accuracy...unless of course the anti-air unit was strong enough, and numerous enough to shoot them down first without being overwhelmed.

Anyhow...I am not saying that is what they are. Frankly, I do not know. I am just thinking out loud here.
 

ahojunk

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2016-08-05 08:35Global TimesEditor: Li Yan

Yongxing island office issues residence permits


China has opened an administrative service center in its southernmost city in Hainan Province as part of efforts to safeguard the country's sovereignty over the South China Sea and provide more convenience to residents of the islands.

The center opened by Sansha city in Yongxing Island primarily issues residence permits, and will also provide other permits like exit-entry permits to Hong Kong and Macao to cope with the difficulties experienced by island residents in obtaining residence certificates, the China News Service (CNS) reported on Thursday.

Sansha city was officially established in 2012 to administer the Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha island groups and their surrounding waters in the South China Sea. Its government sits in Yongxing, the largest island of the Xisha chain in the South China Sea.

Temporary residents who work or do business in the city for over 30 days should apply for residence permits, which allow them to apply for public rental housing and use transportation in and out of the island, as well as to register their businesses with industry and commerce departments, CNS reported in 2013.

As for those who apply for household registration in the city, they might be eligible if they have lived there for over two years, with stable and legal jobs, as well as stable residence.

The city issued its first identity cards and residence permits on July 17, 2013.Ten people were given identity cards and another 68 received residence permits. They qualified for social insurance, employment and support for starting a business, medical treatment and education, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Sansha's infrastructure has significantly improved since 2012, including its transportation, medical and communication facilities.

Commercial flights will soon be available from Yongxing. Two airfields on the island and Yongshu Reef will improve air services in the South China Sea and provide more information on weather conditions, aeronautics, communication, navigation and surveillance, Xinhua reported in March.

Before Sansha was established, only one regular passenger ship connected Yongxing to Hainan Island.

The city added another ship with telephone and Internet access on board. Sansha 1 was added within a year of the city's establishment, doubling the number of regular trips between Sansha and Hainan from two to four a month.

The two passenger ships, along with a law enforcement vessel, function as base stations for mobile communications and have significantly improved wireless access in neighboring areas.

Sansha also provides waste water treatment facilities, garbage collection and transfer stations, and marine environmental monitoring stations.
 

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