Chinese Navy Off Alaska: Combatants, Amphib and Replenishment

A boarding team from the People's Liberation Army (Navy) Haikou (DD 171) makes way toward the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) July, 16, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean during a Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercise (MIOEX) as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda M. Emery/Released)

Chinese navy ships this week were spotted off the coast of Alaska for the first time.

The discovery came the same week China held a massive military parade in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender during World War II — and highlights its ambition to become a global military power.

A Pentagon official on Friday declined to identify the names of the vessels but said they included three combatant ships, one amphibious landing vessel and one replenishment ship.

The People’s Liberation Army’s navy sent similar vessels to a joint war exercise, called Rim of the Pacific, or RIMPAC, last year off the coasts of Hawaii and California.

They included the destroyer Haikou (DD 171), frigate Yueyang (FF 575), replenishment ship Qiandaohu (AO 886), hospital ship Peace Ark (T-AH 886) and an uninvited spy ship called the Beijixing (851), according to the Defense Department. Other Chinese military hardware that participated in the event included the Z-8 Changhe and Z-9 Harbin helicopters.

Below are a few of the Pentagon images of the Chinese combatants and replenishment ship that participated in RIMPAC 2014.

Combatant: Haikou (DD 171)

A boarding team from the People's Liberation Army (Navy) Haikou (DD 171) makes way toward the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) July, 16, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean during a Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercise (MIOEX) as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda M. Emery/Released)

A boarding team from the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) Haikou (DD 171) makes way toward the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) July, 16, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean during a Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercise (MIOEX) as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda M. Emery)

 

Combatant: Yueyang (FF 575)

Crewmembers aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) and crewmembers aboard the People's Liberation Army (Navy) PLA(N) ship Yueyang (FF 575) conduct a hand-line transfer exercise, on July 24, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda M. Emery)

Crew members aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) and crew members aboard the People’s Liberation Army (Navy) PLA(N) ship Yueyang (FF 575) conduct a hand-line transfer exercise, on July 24, 2014, in the Pacific Ocean during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda M. Emery)

 

Replenishment: Qiandaohu (AO 886)

140715-N-KV163-031 PEARL HARBOR (July 15, 2014) The People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army (Navy) replenishment ship Qiandaohu (AO 886) departs for the at-sea portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Sorensen/Released)

The People’s People’s Liberation Army (Navy) replenishment ship Qiandaohu (AO 886) departs for the at-sea portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) on July 14, 2014, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Sorensen)

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  • Mark

    Do they ever port in the continental U.S. For RnR?

  • ATC

    PLA spy ship off of Alaska. Massive US military infrastructure in AK. Multiple DoD/Military data breaches aka F22/F35 being stolen. Hmmm.

    When will grow a pair again?

  • Big-D

    No worries, there were only in Alaskan waters to help us celebrate the renaming of Mt McKinley

    • spartan

      While Obama is at it, why not rename Alaska “West Asia”

  • Guest

    OMG They are going to create a new island for them selves out of sand off California ,,lol ;-)

  • navy259

    Great excuse to start building new icebreakers. How about some polar class aircraft carriers too?

    • Menzie

      All of which cost $$.

    • spartan

      Too costly. Bad for profit margin.

      Much better to coerce the government into funding the development of a new class of super missiles that cost only a few hundred grands to build, and sell for a few hundred mils a pop.

  • virgil cuttaway

    Chinese military buildup courtesy of US consumers!

    • Big-D

      Indeed, if we all stop buying Chineses junk, their economy would collapse and so would their military expansion

    • spartan

      It’s the other way around - US consumers’ purchase of Chinese products courtesy of Chinese lending to the tune of Trillions.

  • Curt

    So let’s see, the Chinese task group performs an innocent passage from the Bering Sea to the Pacific through US territorial seas in the vicinity of Attu. For those who don’t know, the coast of Alaska discussed is actually 1100nm from the Alaskan mainland, not that it matters. All perfectly legal and in accordance with international law. The US Pacific Command notes the fact and ignores it, just like they did with the Chinese AGI near Hawaii. Much to do about nothing. I guess no one remembers that the Soviets used to park AGIs off of the U.S. Coast and the U.S. did nothing since it was perfectly legal.

  • Troubadour

    Maybe the pentagon needs another five billion of taxpayer money?

  • Tad

    Recall that an Aegis cruiser was observing a Chinese carrier in international waters a couple years ago and was run off with its tail between its legs by Chinese vessels harassing the US vessel. Perhaps the US should have done the same thing to the Chinese vessels this time around. We’ve seen time and again throughout history that, whenever one gives in to an aggressor, the aggressor is simply encouraged.

  • John

    Most forget, China and Russia have monitored everything about our way of doing war. From Korean War until today. NEVER has Russia AND China been all out against us in any conflict to date. Axis powers only prevailed with Russia AND China helping. especially with money & resources. USA & much of NATO is broke. Even worse its 18 trillion in debt. There are way more Chinese & Russia citizens in North America then we have in Asia. Iraq, Afghanistan exposed EVERY weakness, every tactic we use conventionally. Make alliance with China and Russia is the only way forward.

  • Beef Stick

    We’re training China to expect America to back down. We carry the biggest stick on the block maybe it’s time to use it.. for retraining purposes.

  • Pat

    You think Sarah Palin can see them?

  • Richard

    So I looked on a map where the Attu islands are, and yeah. Mys’ well just say they are in Russia. Because they pretty close to them as well.

  • Patrick

    That would be nice if Russia and China were on our alliance manifest………..NEVER will happen. Big difference in ideology compared to the GOP whom preaches IDIOTOLOGY

  • bob

    Canada unlike America will not let the Chinese, Russians, or any other navy breech our 200 mile limit. Canada will call on the Commonwealth to live up to it’s promises and then we will not have to worry about anyone, especialy the Putin and his crones and China and it’s cronies.

  • Worried sick

    I don’t believe it was an accidental crossing in to American waters, but rather a seek and see what kind of rapid response would come and chase the invaders out. If this was off the coast of China, you know damn good and well we would be monitored before we got within 300 miles of their coast line and then bombarded with the new Chinese J31 stealth fighter that just so happen to be the same plans stolen from the USA by guess who.

    It is only the fact that every American and their brother do have/ better have a modernized AR 15 sitting in their closet to protect our selves when the Russians and Chinese come a calling in the next few months. What a better time to attack a country with force, right around election time to complicate who is really in charge. I see President Xi of China real mission of visiting the Seattle area and WA DC, he is finding the perfect spot to build his presidential palace after he conquers America.

  • FreakPup

    They are in port now in Sweden at this very moment. They arrived a couple of days ago but the replenishment ship must have arrived during this night.

  • E. Woolhouse-Sackey

    America, remember the Pearl Harbour