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China continues to expand Navy: report

China continues to expand Navy: report

Taipei, June 6 (CNA) China is actively expanding its Navy, aiming to have 415 ships, including four aircraft carriers, by 2030, the U.S. Defense News reported Saturday, citing a former United States Navy officer. China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will "continue to expand for the next 15 years," retired U.S. Navy Captain James Fanell was quoted as saying at a recent conference sponsored by the U.S. Naval War College 's China Maritime Studies Institute. The PLAN will grow to include 99 submarines of all types, four aircraft carriers, 102 destroyers and frigates, 26 corvettes, 73 amphibious ships and 111 missile craft, said Fanell who retired earlier this year as the U.S. Pacific Fleet's director of intelligence and information. Fanell said the growth in surface combatant capacity is a key strength of the PLAN, particularly its addition of new destroyers of the Luyang III Type 052D class, which he described as "a game-changer," and the growing number of Jiangkai II Type 054A frigates. "The Luyang III may not be equivalent to an Aegis, but it's good enough for the Chinese Navy," Fanell said. In its latest assessment of China's military power, the Pentagon said the country had more military marine vessel than any other nation in Asia, estimating more than 300 surface ships, submarines, amphibious and patrol vessels. (By Charles Kang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:19 GMT+08:00