HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » New images suggest China ...

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 10:17 AM

New images suggest China has built reinforced hangars on disputed islands: think tank

Source: Reuters

Recent satellite photographs show China appears to have built reinforced aircraft hangars on its holdings in the disputed South China Sea, according to a Washington-based think tank.

Pictures taken in late July show the hangars constructed on Fiery Cross, Subi and Mischief Reefs in the Spratly islands, have room for any fighter jet in the Chinese air force, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

"Except for a brief visit by a military transport plane to Fiery Cross Reef earlier this year, there is no evidence that Beijing has deployed military aircraft to these outposts. But the rapid construction of reinforced hangars at all three features indicates that this is likely to change," CSIS said in a report.

The United States has urged China and other claimants not to militarize their holdings in the South China Sea.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-china-images-idUSKCN10K08P



Yes, militarizing the South China Sea is bad. We all agree with that...

"Carrier Strike Group 5 conducts patrol in South China Sea

SOUTH CHINA SEA (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5, including the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and USS Shiloh (CG 67); Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers from Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, is conducting routine operations in the South China Sea.

Prior to their operations in the South China Sea, the ships and aircraft within the strike group have been operating in the Philippine Sea to maintain improve their readiness and develop their cohesion as a strike group.

CSG 5 partnered with the John C. Stennis Strike Group June 18-19, to conduct Dual Carrier operations, maintaining the interoperability between the ships and the embarked air wings.

"Our forward-deployed ships are operating here to maintain the seas open for all to use," said Rear Admiral John D. Alexander, commander, Task Force 70 (CTF 70). "The U.S. Navy has flown, sailed and operated throughout the Western Pacific in accordance with international law for over a century, and will continue to do so."

In recent months, many U.S. Navy ships have conducted similar events in the 7th Fleet area of operations including the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Spruance (DDG 111) as part of 3rd Fleet's Pacific Surface Action Group."
http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=95484

10 replies, 1328 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread

Response to uawchild (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 11:34 AM

1. The only way to get China out of there now will be to start a war

China knows that, and they also know that no country in their right mind would start a war with China. They'll take whatever they want.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to groundloop (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:19 PM

2. Pretty much sums it up

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to groundloop (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 02:00 PM

6. Agreed! The ship has sailed getting China of those rock formations now without war.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to uawchild (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 01:42 PM

3. Agreed that this is NOT good, for anyone involved now or in the future,,

what REAL advantage does this give China, in building these things?
Why build them in the 1st place?
Military advantage? IF so see my first ?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to benld74 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 01:53 PM

4. Supposedly to insure deep sea access for their ballistic submarine fleet

South China Sea air strips’ main role is ‘to defend Hainan nuclear submarine base’

The real reason for China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea is to provide a ring of protection for its fleet of advanced nuclear submarines based on the southern tip of Hainan Island, experts say

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1993754/south-china-sea-air-strips-main-role-defend-hainan

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to uawchild (Reply #4)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 02:37 PM

9. I would TRULY like to live in a world where countries

use their $$$ to help their people AND the people of the world in general.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to benld74 (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 02:03 PM

7. For me I think it's pure force projection and setting precedent

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to benld74 (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 10, 2016, 08:28 AM

10. It's about humiliating the US and sending the message to our allies in the region...

...that when push comes to shove we would be unwilling to risk war to defend them.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to uawchild (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 01:59 PM

5. One strategically placed

Cat 5 typhoon should do the trick

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to uawchild (Original post)

Tue Aug 9, 2016, 02:15 PM

8. Just need one major typhoon to erase all that work...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread