No Substitute For Experience: Chinese Anti-Piracy in the Gulf of Aden

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PLA Navy Type 52D Destroyer

Eaglespeak has linked a report from the Naval War College on PLAN’s Anti Piracy Operations in the Gulf Of Aden in 2008. It’s your weekend reading assignment.

From the preface of No Substitute For Experience: Chinese Anti-Privacy in the Gulf of Aden:

The twenty-sixth of December 2012 marked an important date in Chinese military history—the fourth anniversary of China’s furthest and most extensive naval operations to date, the ongoing antipiracy deployments in the Gulf of Aden. In the first-ever simultaneous three-fleet public display, China’s North Sea Fleet, East Sea Fleet, and South Sea Fleet all held “open day activities.” The guided-missile destroyers Qingdao, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen and guided-missile frigate Zhoushan, together with their associated helicopters and personnel, were visited by more than eight thousand people “from all sectors of the society” at the port cities after which they are named. Over the past four years, the People’s Liberation Army Navy has deployed nearly ten thousand personnel on thirty-seven warships with twenty-eight helicopters in thirteen task forces. Over the course of more than five hundred operations, these forces have protected more than five thousand commercial vessels—Chinese and foreign in nearly equal proportion, the latter flagged by more than fifty nations. They have “successfully met and escorted, rescued and salvaged over 60 ships.” Ships saved from pirates by PLAN ships include four transports loaded with World Food Programme cargo.

If you’re a PLAN watcher you’ll want to read this and while you’re reading that, you’ll need a refresher on the newest PLAN warship classes.

Looking at the map, it’s interesting how it mirrors the voyages of Zheng He during the 15th century Ming Dynasty.

A stationary full-size model of a "middle-sized" treasure boat (63.25 m long) at the Treasure Boat Shipyard site in Nanjing. It was built ca. 2005 from concrete and wooden planking.
A stationary full-size model of a “middle-sized” treasure boat (63.25 m long) at the Treasure Boat Shipyard site in Nanjing. It was built ca. 2005 from concrete and wooden planking.

5 thoughts on “No Substitute For Experience: Chinese Anti-Piracy in the Gulf of Aden”

    1. Sorry about that. I think I got most of it. #amatuerhour
      I’m on the road and was heading out from the FBO.
      Apologizes and thank you for pointing out.

  1. Part of me says its about time someone else picked up a share of the load on anything to do with international security. However a bigger part of me says that the Chinese don’t need to be gaining operational experience and an extended reach or the ability to exert/gain regional influence.

  2. Anti-piracy ops are good experience for sea keeping. At present, the US and Brits are the only navies with extensive experience of sea keeping. The Chinks have to learn if they are going to challenge us, and this is a good way to do it.

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