Navy (PLAN) conducts amphibious drills on Paracel Islands
A PLAN flotilla centered around a Type 071 LPD (Yuzhao-class Landing
Platform Dock) has completed a two-day amphibious drill off the Paracel
Islands (also called Xisha Islands in Chinese and Hoàng Sa Islands
in Vietnamese) on Wednesday. The flotilla undertook a "three-dimensional"
patrol of several islets, using surface vessels, Type 726 LCAC (Yuyi
class) and Z-8 helicopters.
The joint maneuver taskforce of the South China Sea Fleet of
the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) carried
out a three-dimension cruise in the Xisha Islands from January 21 to
22, 2014. A Type 726 LCAC is seen as it is about to enter the Type 071
LPD well deck
Marines with the flotilla conducted a 20-minute landing
training on Wednesday. The training "attained its anticipated objectives",
according to Hu Dehai, a deputy brigade commander.
Commander of the Nanhai Fleet Jiang Weilie, who also serves as the
flotilla's commander, landed on the islands to greet the garrison
The patrol and landing operations fall within the flotilla's annual
schedule that include combat drills in the South China Sea, the West
Pacific Ocean and the east Indian Ocean.
The three-ship flotilla, consisting of Type 071 amphibious landing
craft Changbaishan and destroyers Wuhan (Type
052B) and Haikou (Type 052C), left from a military port in
south China's Hainan Province on Monday.
Changbaishan is the country's largest landing ship by gross tonnage
and is equipped with an advanced weapons system. Both Wuhan and Haikou
have experience of major drills and escort missions in the Gulf of
Three Z-8 helicopters and a company of marines are stationed aboard
The Paracel Islands, also called Xisha Islands in Chinese and Hoàng
Sa Islands in Vietnamese, is a group of islands whose sovereignty
is disputed among the People's Republic of China, the Republic of
China and Vietnam.