assessments

Apr 25, 2019 | 11:00 GMT

2 mins read

Visual Anthology: China Shows Off Its Navy

Sailors stand on the deck of the new type 055 guided missile destroyer Nanchang, belonging to the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. China staged a naval parade on April 23 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China's PLA Navy.
(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Big Picture

China's military — a collection of unprofessional soldiers just a quarter century ago — has modernized more quickly than nearly any other in history. And its ascendance has caused nothing but concern for powers in the Asia-Pacific region, forcing them to adapt their security policies to what they see as a growing entity hostile to their interests. Boasting the second-largest navy in the world, China has advanced so far that U.S. officials warned in the 2019 Defense Intelligence Agency's "China Military Power" report that the country has grown so confident in its new capabilities that it could start actively using them. Despite its impressive rollout of new weapons and the development of new capabilities, however, China isn't ready to close the gap on the United States just yet. Whether on nuclear-powered submarines, aerial refueling capabilities or the logistical ability to land a sufficient number of forces in Taiwan, Beijing still has plenty of work to do before it can finally attain some of its most cherished goals. In this visual anthology, we take a look at some of the naval hardware on display during a fleet parade near eastern China's Shandong province on April 23 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. 

Rapidly becoming the workhorse destroyer of the Chinese Navy, the Type 052D (pictured) builds upon the success of the Type 052C design with the addition of a flexible vertical launch system of 64 cells, capable of launching a variety of weapons including anti-submarine munitions, anti-ship missiles and long-range anti-air interceptors.

Rapidly becoming the workhorse destroyer of the Chinese Navy, the Type 052D (pictured) builds upon the success of the Type 052C design with the addition of a flexible vertical launch system of 64 cells, capable of launching a variety of weapons including anti-submarine munitions, anti-ship missiles and long-range anti-air interceptors.

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images
The Type 094A submarine (pictured) represents the first class of such underwater vessels that are expected to eventually deploy on nuclear deterrence patrols.

Seeking to develop a sea-based nuclear deterrent, the Chinese military plans to build a fleet of large ocean-going nuclear ballistic missile submarines. The Type 094A (pictured) represents the first class of such underwater vessels that are expected to eventually deploy on nuclear deterrence patrols.

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Type 055 (pictured) is one of the most potent destroyers in the world.

The pride of the Chinese surface fleet, this Type 055 destroyer is the first of its class, with seven other vessels in varying states of build. The Type 055 is one of the most potent destroyers in the world. 

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Part of the armament aboard the Type 055, the H/PJ-11 close-in weapon system serves as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles, aircraft and small surface vessels.

Part of the armament aboard the Type 055, the H/PJ-11 close-in weapon system serves as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles, aircraft and small surface vessels.

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
J-15 naval fighters aboard the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. The Liaoning is the first aircraft carrier the Chinese have operated and serves a key role as a training carrier for China's first generation of carrier pilots and crew.

J-15 naval fighters aboard the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning. The Liaoning is the first aircraft carrier the Chinese have operated and serves a key role as a training carrier for China's first generation of carrier pilots and crew.

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Type 052D is equipped with a single H/PJ-45 as its primary gun armament.

The Type 052D is equipped with a single H/PJ-45 as its primary gun armament. The 130 mm H/PJ-45 is an upgrade on the 100 mm caliber of the Type 052C, enabling the gun to shoot farther -- up to about 30 kilometers (19 miles) -- with a larger shell. 

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
The Type 071 amphibious transport dock is the largest class of landing ship in the PLAN.

The Type 071 amphibious transport dock is the largest class of landing ship in the PLA Navy. With six already in service and two more under construction, the Type 071 provides China with significant lift -- its carrying capacity is nearly 1,000 troops without additional vehicles, or about half that with 20 armored vehicles. 

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
As the Chinese Navy has continued to rapidly grow over the last two decades, its interaction with other navies around the world has similarly increased.

As the Chinese Navy has continued to rapidly grow over the last two decades, its interaction with other navies around the world has similarly increased. As part of the naval parade celebrating the Chinese Navy's 70th anniversary, 18 foreign warships from countries as varied as India, Japan and Australia partook. 

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)
As part of China's growing external focus, especially when it comes to Beijing's ambitions in the South and East China seas, the Communist government under President Xi Jinping has continued to emphasize the development of its naval and aerospace forces.

As part of China's growing external focus, especially when it comes to Beijing's ambitions in the South and East China seas, the Communist government under President Xi Jinping has continued to emphasize the development of its naval and aerospace forces.

(MARK SCHIEFELBEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Connected Content

Regions & Countries

Article Search

Copyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

Stratfor Worldview

OUR COMMITMENT

To empower members to confidently understand and navigate a continuously changing and complex global environment.

GET THE MOBILE APPGoogle Play