Since the PLAN has migrated from a brown water, through green water to a blue water force, operating far from it's shores, it's time for its' own thread, given the PRC's geopolitical and geostrategic ambitions.
Leaked photo and possible details on PLAN CV 002. Looks to be a large beasty, somewhat larger than the RN QE class CV, is believed to be fitted with EMALS and be ready in 2021. It is thought that CV 003 will be the PLAN's first CVN.
A leaked photo shows China is building a supercarrier that could rival the US' Nimitz-class carriers
As suggested in the article- What does China need such ships for and what are her intentions.
ngatimozart as you suggest in the opening post the PLAN have gone from a brown water, to green, and now a Blue water force.
At the end of the day I guess this is change on a big scale achieved on a relatively short time table.
The thing about this large beasty is that it also accompanied by a growing force of modern escorts and supply vessels, impressive in capability, size and numbers.
The Chinese Communist party is unambiguous in developing the PLAN as a political tool of power projection for when soft power does not get its way.
This carrier program will no doubt see a 5th and 6th planned carrier for the PLAN with complimentary escorts, and this will bring significant change in the military balance for the oceans we share in the South Pacific, happening as early as the late 2020's or early 2030's.
Suggest the development of their LHD and LSD force is also an area to watch out for in the above time table.
In a decades time what would Australian and New Zealand make of a visiting PLAN battle group harboured in a small Pacific Island neighbour port.
Yes the PLAN need their own thread on DT.
Yes the ADF may want to up the order of P8's to 15 now.
Take the option of another two MRTTs for a force of nine, now,
Commit to 7 not 6 MQ-4C Tritons now.