South China Sea WW3: China To Deploy Submarine Killer To Disputed Region
In its continuous quest to claim disputed territories along the South China Sea, China’s People Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has just commissioned a new type of warship hat will later be deployed in the Paracel Islands. This new vessel is also known as the “submarine killer.”Advertisement
Tensions have been high along the South China Sea during the past few months. There have been a number of incidents involving the U.S. Navy and Chinese military as the U.S. continues to conduct its freedom of navigation operations. The Chinese remain adamant that such freedom is only granted to civilian vessels and not those sent out by any military force.
At the same time, the U.S. has also been vocal on its opposition against the putting up of an ADIZ or Air Defense Identification Zone along the disputed territories. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has even said it will be viewed as a “provocative and destabilizing act” should it decide to do so.
China Ministry of National Defense spokesman Senior Colonel Yang has remarked, “ADIZ is the right of a sovereign state and we don’t need other countries to make suggestions.” While it is unclear if the ADIZ will be put up, it is confirmed that the Chinese are beefing up its military capabilities in the area.
According to a recent report from China Military Online, PLAN has just commissioned the Type 056A frigate Qujing, which was developed and built by China independently. It is said to be known for stealth and its abilities to attack aircrafts, submarines and surface ships whether it is deployed in coordination with other naval forces or it is defending itself on its own.
As for the U.S., the U.S. Navy has told Morning News USA that its strike group is comprised of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 embarked, guided-missile destroyers USS Stockdale (DDG 106), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), and USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110), and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).