The Chinese Navy maintains its growth effort

The performance of the Chinese naval defense industry no longer needs to be demonstrated today, except among a few diehards convinced that Chinese ships are only pale copies of their Western and Russian counterparts.

While the second Chinese aircraft carrier, identified Type 001A, has just made its second trip to the sea, a 53rd corvette type 056Ahas just been launched by the Hudong-Zhonghua shipyards, bringing the number of launches of this type to 9 this year. Over the same period, 18 vessels will have been launched, including 3 Type 055 destroyers, and the 6th landing craft(LPD) of Type 071. On the commissioning side, there are also 4 destroyers, type 052D this time, 3 frigates, 3 corvettes and the Type 071 sistership which will have already been admitted, among 15 surface vessels launched.

We also note that 4 destroyers, 3 frigates and 3 corvettes correspond, almost exactly, to 50% of the French surface combatant fleet in 2030, with 10 destroyers, 5 frigates and 6 surveillance frigates (similar to corvettes).

If this industrial pace is now known and documented, we talk much less about the extraordinary effort in terms of training and validation of the know-how of the Chinese Navy. Indeed, of these 15 buildings delivered to the People's Liberation Army, only 3 replace buildings that have become obsolete. It was therefore necessary to form 12 crews with the technical and military skills to operate modern ships, as well as the naval aviation resources that go with them. This is all the more remarkable given that the Chinese Navy has relied very little on transfers of skills from its allied partners. The Russian Navy, for example, interacted very little with its Chinese counterpart during this phase of transformation and profound growth.

Difficult, in these conditions, to think that this intense effort will be called upon to be modulated when the power achieved will be sufficient to protect and control the Silk Road, which should arrive in less than 10 years at this rate.

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