German Navy blog “Marine Forum” reports (21 January) that the
China Ship-building Industry Corporation has been contracted with developing and building a 10,000-ton and another 4,000-ton surveillance ship.
(rmks: for paramilitary China Coast Guard or China Marine Surveillance)
Meanwhile, in a move designed to bolster their claims in the South China Sea, they also report,
With Vietnam: China will expand paramilitary infrastructure at Sansha City (Paracel Archipelago) in the South China Sea … permanently base a 5,000-ts patrol ship (rmks: prob. China Marine Surveillance – CMS) and begin regular patrols.
Don’t expect China’s new 10,000 ton cutter to look like a US Coast Guard Cutter. The Chinese seem to measure their Coast Guard primarily in comparison to the Japanese Coast Guard which has until now operated the largest cutters in the world, two 9,350 full load, Shikishima class high endurance helicopter carrying cutters. Like their Japanese counterparts, they are likely to be built to merchant standards, will be only lightly armed, but will have excellent aviation facilities. The additional tonnage is likely to give them an advantage if they get in a “shoving match” with opposing coast guards, and they are likely to have a secondary military transport role. With a relatively large number of boats, they could probably land a fair number of personnel in a relatively short time. By way of comparison the National Security Cutters are 4,500 tons full load.
Much more here: http://www.nzweek.com/world/china/china-builds-worlds-largest-patrol-ship-report-110467/
Significantly the Chinese quoted the large Japanese cutter’s light displacement when they compared their ship to that of the Japanese, indicating their ship may be as much as 50% larger than the Japanese cutters.
They also stated 20 cutters are under construction.
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German Navy blog, Marine Forum reports, “Newly-built large coast guard ship 3901 delivered to South China Sea Coast Guard” This is one of the very large cutters. For a review of the Chinese Coast Guard building program, look here: http://www.informationdissemination.net/2015/04/cutter-progress-in-chinese-shipyards.html
Speculation that the Chinese may use these 12,000 ton cutters as bumper cars with USN combatants. http://gcaptain.com/2016/01/12/new-chinese-coast-guard-cutter-nicknamed-the-beast-to-patrol-south-china-sea/#.VpVaUhUrLIU
Some speculation about how the Chinese will use these and what we can do about it. http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2016/02/china-cruising-bruising/126119/?oref=d_brief_nl
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