China’s Liaoning Carrier Strike Group sails near Japan, Defense Ministry says


Chinese ships operate off the coast of Japan on May 2, 2022. Japanese MoD images

The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) dispatched an eight-ship aircraft carrier group, led by the aircraft carrier CNS liaoning (16) and accompanied by five destroyers, a frigate and a supply ship, into the Pacific Ocean via the transit of the Miyako Strait on Monday, marking the first time since December 2021 that the aircraft carrier has operated in the region.

The Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) Joint Staff Office (JSO) released a statement on Monday about the group’s passage along with photographs of the group’s ships, identifying them by class and pennant number.

In the same way liaoninggroup ships are the Type 055 CNS destroyer nanchang (101), Type 052D CNS destroyers Xining (117), CNS Urumqi (118) and SNC Chengdu (120), Type 052C CNS destroyer Zhengzhou (151), type 054A CNS frigate Xiangtan (531) and the Type 901 CNS Fast Combat Support Vessel Hulunhu (901).

liaoning together with nanchang, Xining, Urumqi, Chengdu and Hulunhu were spotted sailing south in an area 350 km west on the uninhabited Danjo Islands in the East China Sea around midnight Sunday, according to the Joint Staff Office statement. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Xiangtan was sighted sailing east in an area 480 km northwest of Okinawa. Monday, Zhengzhou was seen traveling south, 160 km north of Taisho Island. The PLAN ships then sailed together south through the Miyako Strait.

The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) destroyer helicopter carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183) with JMSDF P-1 Maritime Patrol Aircraft of Fleet Air Wing 4, based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Honshu, and P-3C Maritime Patrol Aircraft of Fleet Air Wing 5, based at Naha Air Base, Okinawa, has carried out surveillance of PLAN ships, according to the statement. liaoning conducted helicopter operations while in the East China Sea.

Chinese navy spokesman Gao Xiucheng said that liaoning group is conducting training in the western Pacific Ocean and that it was a routine training organized by the Chinese navy, according to its annual plan and in accordance with relevant international law and international practice, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday. In December last year, liaoning along with other PLAN ships conducted air operations in the vicinity of Kita Daito and Oki Daito islands in the Pacific Ocean. Japan now plans to have a mobile radar station based on Kita Daito Island and is considering moving to permanent radar stations on the Daito Islands to monitor foreign naval activities and transits in the area.

A People’s Liberation Army Navy J-15 carrier fighter takes off from the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (16) during a deployment in December 2021. Shot Photo

USS littoral combat ship jackson (LCS-6) is now in Singapore at Changi Naval Base, arriving on Tuesday to perform a planned maintenance availability period (PMAV) in Singapore, according to a statement from the 7th Fleet.

“Having jackson Using Changi Naval Base as a maintenance site again is a significant milestone and gives operational commanders increased adaptability for vessel maintenance and operation,” said Rear Admiral Chris Engdahl, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7/Task Force 76 in the release. “We are grateful for our defense relationship with the Republic of Singapore and their willingness to welcome our ships as we strive towards a common goal of securing a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

The Royal Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel HMS Spey (P234) arrived in Singapore on Friday at Sembawang Naval Facility to join sister ship HMS Tamar (P233). Both The Royal Navy ships are on a five-year deployment in the Indo-Pacific region as part of an overall UK policy to strengthen its presence in the region.


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