770 surface combat ships compared to 710

US Navy has lost its supremacy as the most feared naval force to China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) Navy when a USN Admiral told US lawmakers about the six more submarines against Uncle Sam’s.

RT.com story:

China outpaces America in sub numbers – US admiral

Published time: February 26, 2015 07:51 Get short URL
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The Chinese Navy now has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does, a US Navy admiral told lawmakers. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and Beijing is exploring new ways of projecting its power on the seas.

The Chinese are experimenting with new geographic location, length of missions and new weapons, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“They may not be the same quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate. They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,” the admiral told the lawmakers. “They are producing some fairly amazing submarines and they are actually deploying them.”

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The Chinese naval missions included at least three deployments into the Indian Ocean, Mulloy told the committee. They can also send strategic ballistic missile submarines on missions lasting for 95 days.

“We don’t think they have nuclear weapons on board, but we’ve seen them producing the missiles and testing them,” the admiral said. “We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines.”

The US Navy reported having 71 commissioned submarines. The Chinese, according to Pentagon estimates voiced last year, has 77 principal surface combatant ships, more than 60 submarines, 55 large and medium amphibious ships, and about 85 missile-equipped small combatants.

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Despite having world largest defense budget, the US has been looking wearily at other nations building up their armed forces. China is investing heavily in new technology, seeking to project its military power in the Pacific region.

Washington has repeatedly criticized Beijing, saying it’s using its military to put leverage on other regional players, including US allies like Japan and South Korea, in territorial disputes.

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If a submarine is deemed to be the equivalent of ten surface warships when a consideration for naval conflict is drafted, then PLAN  now has 60 additional surface warships as compared to the USN.

USN currently operates 283 ships and 3,659 aircrafts.

The U.S. Navy has identified a need for 313 combat ships, but under the current plans will only be able to afford 232 to 243. In March 2014, the Navy is considering counting deployable ships such as minesweepers, patrol craft, and hospital ships in the “battle fleet” in order to reach a count of 291 and also ships that have been put in “shrink wrap”.

The navy had established a minimum requirement for 11 aircraft carriers, but dropped to 10 when Enterprise was retired in December 2012, before Gerald R. Ford enters service.

As compared to PLAN, as of 1987, it consisted (as it does now) of the naval headquarters in Beijing; three fleet commands – the North Sea Fleet, based at Qingdao, Shandong; the East Sea Fleet, based at Ningbo; and the South Sea Fleet, based at Zhanjiang, Guangdong and about 2,000 ships.

China's military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

China’s military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

This massive naval force power is without a doubt be a major threat around the region, especially with China’s heavy-handedness attitude and approach towards issues such as multiple claims on specific areas which include Exclusive Economic Zone such as the fictitious Nine-Dash-Line.

PLAN has been deploying warships right into EEZ of her neighbours, which include Malaysia. The oath taking in James Shoal almost two years ago is still fresh in everyone’s mind.

This is new development is something not comforting.

Published in: on February 26, 2015 at 20:27  Comments (5)  

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  1. China is no treat to the word and history proves it. MEANWHILE,Muslim countries still fighting each other for nothing. All weapons brought from China, USA or Russia, NONE MADE IN A MUSLIM COUNTRY. No Naval Ship, No Satelite, No Airplane not even a ‘Bill Gates’ neither a Setve Job (a muslim father) IT platform even the car plate made in China. How wonderful is it the opposite, China, Russia and USA are the Arabs of today while Arabs Muslim coun tries are what there are till today. SIgh OIC, OIC, Ohhh I seeee,,,muslim love selfieng…

    • Talking nonsense, eh? China menacing in the East China and South China Seas, you blind arr? Japan has started to re-arm themselves because of China, you no read?

      Pakistan got nuclear weapons, Iran is one year away to producing nuclear weapons said Israel. You talking from your assol?

    • I think that you must be blissfully ignorant if you believe that China has no “big power” ambitions in the region.

      China sees the US as an interloper in it’s own backyard. It’s long-term strategic goal is to dilute, if not eliminate, the US military hegemony inn the region.

      Asean is not in a position as yet to be an “influencer” in this big powers game because it’s years away from adopting a common defence and security position.

      So, Malaysia has to look out for it’s interests the best that it can.

      • Not glorifying Singapore this time. This is a tolerable opinion.

  2. Good that 12 Boats are coming for ESSCom from U.S to boost its asset strength. Bernama said so, quoting Defence Deputy Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri .

    He said the contribution followed a number of agreements signed between Malaysia and the U.S.during U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the country last year.

    Hope more will come in due course.


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