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


Crang

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Does anyone have a list of islands in the SCS, which country owns them, their land area and reclaimable land area for land reclamation, their exposure to rising sea levels, and the existing facilities on the islands?

Even if a lot of information is classified, there's gotta be some decently reliable OSINT source.
 

sndef888

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Does anyone have a list of islands in the SCS, which country owns them, their land area and reclaimable land area for land reclamation, their exposure to rising sea levels, and the existing facilities on the islands?

Even if a lot of information is classified, there's gotta be some decently reliable OSINT source.
I found a map that shows the island ownership pretty well
 

Hendrik_2000

Brigadier
Via GS Zhou
Chinese PLA Navy deploys a new 4000t hospital ship, Nanyi 13 (South Medical 13), in the South China Sea. The new ship will further strengthen the medical capacity of China in the region.

Other than this ship, China also has fixed hospitals on the islands of Yongshu, Zhubi, and Meiji.


11月30日,南沙永暑礁军港码头,国产某新型医疗船南医13船正式归建入列。

我国自主设计制造的医疗船,可搭载救护型直升机

南医13船是我国自主设计制造的新型医疗船。船长109米,宽17米,满载排水量

4000多吨,可搭载一架救护型直升机。




The new hospital ship start operation in SCS

Here is the video
 
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Hendrik_2000

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From GT I was wondering why they need this ship since they have built 3 large hospitals in Yongshu ,Zhubi, Meiji. Well this article answer it. they built 2 of this 4000 ton ships It make sense since there are many islet spread across vast sea
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PLA commissions hospital ship at Nansha Islands, showcases regional presence
By Liu Xuanzun Source: Global Times Published: 2020/12/2 20:14:38

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy recently commissioned a newly developed hospital ship, which will serve as a mobile medical force in the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea in missions including military and civilian medical support, international humanitarian aid and emergency rescue.

The Nanyi 13 ship, a new type of hospital ship independently developed by China, received a commissioning ceremony at a naval port in Yongshu Reef in the Nansha Islands on Monday, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Tuesday.

Its medical staff was dispatched from the PLA Southern Theater Command Navy First Hospital, enabling the ship to set up key departments for testing, surgical clinic, medicine, burns, special treatment and psychological consulting.

It is also equipped with advanced, large medical equipment including computed tomography, digital radiography, color ultrasonic diagnosis, gastroscope and portable advanced life support device, with more than 100 beds and the capacity to host three large-scale surgeries at the same time, CCTV reported.

China has already built modern hospitals on Yongshu Reef, Zhubi Reef and Meiji Reef, but the sea region of the Nansha Islands is vast, so it used to require doctors from these reefs. With its commissioning, the Nanyi 13 will routinize visits across the region as a mobile medical force, filling the void of maritime medical rescue.

The ship's main missions will be medical support for military personnel and civilians on the islands and reefs of Nansha and those on ships in the region, international humanitarian aid, emergency rescue, personnel transport and scientific experiments, the report said.

The Nanyi 13 has a length of 109 meters, a width of 17 meters and a displacement of more than 4,000 tons, and can host a rescue helicopter, the CCTV report said.

Another Chinese hospital ship, the Peace Ark, is 178 meters long, 24 meters wide and has a displacement of more than 14,000 tons, chinanews.com reported in 2019.

A smaller displacement is more practical for the Nanyi 13 to operate in the Nansha Islands, Zhang Junshe, a senior research fellow at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

The Nanyi 13 is designed to sail between and dock by islands and reefs, and a larger displacement could hinder its mobility in places where water is shallow, Zhang said.


Unlike the US, which has been pushing for militarization in the South China Sea, China is becoming more capable of providing international public services, including maritime search and rescue. By providing these public services, China will be able to showcase its presence in the region and demonstrate its practice of civil administration, Chinese experts said.
 
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Hendrik_2000

Brigadier
Hi Hendrick_2000,

Xi military reform had really taken effect, prioritizing the welfare of the troops with quality service and equipment. It's good for morale and it deepen the sense of patriotism.

Yup not only that apparently this ship can also be used to serve the Population of phillipine in case of emergency like typhoon or tsunami It is good policy to be good to your neighbor.
Or giving access to health care by periodically visiting Phillipine outlaying islands
 

Tam

Colonel
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You can see the ship is on full trials doing a full turn maneuver.

The ship has all these dots in the helipad. I think these are autolocating sensors for large delivery UAVs. If the ship is isolated or quarantined at sea due to infectious disease, you should be able to deliver supplies via UAV.



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Crang

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You can see the ship is on full trials doing a full turn maneuver.

The ship has all these dots in the helipad. I think these are autolocating sensors for large delivery UAVs. If the ship is isolated or quarantined at sea due to infectious disease, you should be able to deliver supplies via UAV.



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Do we have statistics on the facilities? I understand these SCS hospital ships are different from China's other hospital/medivac ships. Daishan Dao is 14k ton displacement, USNS Mercy is a whopping 60k tons. Would be interested in knowing the facilities, say operating theaters, ICU units, dental, burn unit, possible expansion for more beds during wartime. Since these ships are many times smaller than the other hospital ships, I wonder how the allocation goes. I wonder if there are hyperbaric chambers onboard.
 
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