PLA aircraft carrier group with nuclear-powered submarine joins drills around Taiwan: expert

The photo shows the Shandong <a class=aircraft carrier docks at a naval port in Sanya. China’s first aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) was officially commissioned by the PLA Navy at a military port in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, on the afternoon of December 17, 2019, making China one of the few countries in the world. which have multiple carriers. Photo: Chinese army” src=”https://www.globaltimes.cn/Portals/0/attachment/2021/2021-03-04/907d8662-ef24-49a2-8b47-d19f65e0acdc.jpeg” />

The photo shows the Shandong aircraft carrier docks at a naval port in Sanya. Photo: Chinese army

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China has sent an aircraft carrier group including at least one nuclear-powered submarine to the ongoing exercises around the island of Taiwan for its first aircraft carrier deterrence exercise , said an expert affiliated with the PLA on Thursday.

Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the PLA Naval Research Academy, told the Global Times on Thursday that the PLA’s drills from Thursday to Sunday around the island of Taiwan will include the group’s first deterrent drill. PLA aircraft carrier, which will establish a multi-dimensional maritime combat system.

“Normally, a nuclear-powered submarine will accompany an aircraft carrier group on its mission,” Zhang said. The expert confirmed to the Global Times that at least one nuclear-powered submarine has been deployed.

While the drills are organized by the PLA’s Eastern Theater Command, forces from other theater commands have also participated in the drills, Zhang said. “It reflects the high interoperability between the different PLA theater commands,” he said.

The PLA Navy operates two aircraft carriers, the liaoning and the shandong. Zhang did not confirm which carrier was participating in the drills, or whether the two carriers had formed a two-carrier group.

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