The US Navy’s guided-missile destroyer “Milius” crossed the Taiwan Strait yesterday (23). This is the 11th related operation of a US warship this year. In this regard, the spokesperson of the Eastern Theater of China rarely appeared in the event of a “full approach and follow-up surveillance”. The “alert” warning highlights that the People’s Liberation Army has adopted a more proactive and oppressive response to U.S. warships.
The Eastern Theater of the People’s Liberation Army usually uses “full-time follow-up and surveillance” to describe China’s response to U.S. ships passing through the Taiwan Strait. This time the emphasis is on “approaching”, which shows that China’s tolerance for U.S. ships passing through the Taiwan Strait has decreased and it has adopted urgent nailing. The way people warn.
How close is the People’s Liberation Army to the US military? The satellite images published by the “South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Platform” show the distance between the two sides.
“South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Platform” published an article on its official Weibo account on the 23rd titled “U.S. warships crossed the Taiwan Strait, the 11th time this year”, saying that Planet satellites discovered the US Navy “Milius” at the south entrance of the Taiwan Strait. The destroyer No. 1 crossed the strait from south to north, and a Type 054A frigate of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army tracked and monitored it, and the situation was under control.
The official account of China’s Weibo “Privy Council No. 10” points out that this satellite image reveals three important messages:
First, the distance between the Chinese and American warships should be relatively close, probably only a few nautical miles away. This is because when the Chinese 054A frigate is carrying out the “full monitoring and monitoring” of the US destroyer, it must basically be able to see it visually + binoculars, and at the same time, it must not be too far away to facilitate its pursuit. Ships have relative speed and are also affected by heading and other factors, so the distance setting between the two sides is more complicated. It is too far away, when others suddenly turn into China’s territorial waters at high speed, it is easy for the People’s Liberation Army ships to be too late to deal with it. At the same time, accidents may happen if the two sides are too close.
The second is that the date marked in the upper right corner of the satellite image is November 22, and both China and the United States have announced that the US destroyer will pass the flight on the 23rd. Based on the comparison of this date, it shows that the US ship has a certain duration. This side explains the deep meaning of the Eastern Theater spokesperson’s “full approach and follow-up surveillance.” It does not rule out that Chinese warships should have given a certain amount of advance, and started follow-up surveillance and surveillance operations before the U.S. ship passed the voyage.
The third is that the “South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Platform” mentioned that the PLA’s warship model for approach tracking and surveillance is the Type 054A guided missile frigate. Why did you send a 4,000-ton guided missile frigate to perform related tasks? Some experts believe that there are many considerations for choosing this ship. First, this type of ship is very flexible, with a displacement of about 4,000 tons, which is very suitable for performing related tasks in the Taiwan Strait with an average water depth of 60 meters. Because US warships cannot run at speed when passing through the Taiwan Strait, in this scenario, the maximum speed is not a problem. Instead, they can take advantage of the flexible characteristics of this type of warship, flexibly move position, track and monitor, and take photos for evidence.
Another consideration is that the cost-effectiveness ratio is very high. The 054A guided missile frigate has a small tonnage and is powered by a full diesel engine, so the use cost is very low. Moreover, its comprehensive combat capability is very strong, with rapid-fire guns, 76mm naval guns, and anti-ship missiles, so it is not afraid of foreign destroyers when performing similar tasks in the nearshore area.
Chinese military experts even revealed that the Chinese and American surface warships may not be the only ones who participated in the “strikes” that day. The air power of both parties should also be involved. According to the “South China Sea Strategic Situational Awareness Platform”, on the afternoon of the 22nd, an EP-3E electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the US Navy took off from Kadena Base in Okinawa and went to the southern entrance of the Taiwan Strait to provide intelligence support for the US ship. It returned to the base at 22:00 on the same day.
And the Chinese air power is not idle either. According to the monitoring of the Ministry of National Defense, 6 sorties of PLA military aircraft entered the Southwest Air Defense Identification Zone of Taiwan on the 22nd. Including 4 sorties J-11, 2 sorties Su-30. The Ministry of National Defense issued a notice again on the 23rd, stating that there were 4 sorties of J-16 fighter cruisers in the relevant airspace that day.
The guided-missile destroyer “Milius” of the US Navy crossed the Taiwan Strait yesterday (23). This is the 11th related operation of a US warship this year.
The spokesperson of the Eastern Theater Command of the People’s Liberation Army rarely issued a warning of “approach and follow the surveillance guard throughout the entire process,” highlighting that the People’s Liberation Army has adopted a more proactive and oppressive response to U.S. warships.
The US “Burke-class” missile destroyer “Milius (DDG-69)” passed through the Taiwan Strait on the 23rd in accordance with international law.Photo: Flip photo of USS MILIUS (DDG 69) Facebook
China Type 054 guided missile frigate. Picture: Retrieved from KKnews