Sunday, July 10, 2016

Major Firepower in South China Sea - Hague ruling in Days

Chinese J-31 stealth fighter.
China’s PLA Navy has launched its largest ever live-fire drill in the South China Sea days before the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague is set to issue a ruling.

The PLA Daily said that “the drill focuses on air control operations, sea battles and anti-submarine warfare.”
The exercises come just a few weeks after the U.S. also showed a display of force in the South China Sea, off the coast of the Philippines, by sending two aircraft carrier battle groups.

The aircraft carriers, USS John C. Stennis and USS Ronald Reagan, and their respective strike groups, launched a three day joint operation, while carrying out a variety of training, including air defense drills, defensive air combat training, long-range strikes and sea surveillance.