Chinese navy holds massive exercise in East China Sea

Tuesday, 2 August, 2016 - 16:15

The Chinese navy has launched a massive “live ammunition” drill in the East China Sea, which has been the subject of a longtime maritime dispute between Beijing and Tokyo.

According to Chinese media, hundreds of ships and submarines from all three fleets of the army took part in the drill on Monday.

“The drill is aimed at honing the assault intensity, precision, stability and speed of troops amid heavy electromagnetic influences,” said a navy statement.

“An information technology-based war at sea is sudden, cruel and short, which requires a fast transition to combat status, quick preparation and high assault efficiency,” the statement added.

The military exercise, which practiced both offensive and defensive skills of China’s naval power, involved naval aviation forces, scores of fighter planes as well as the troops in charge of coastal defense radars, communications and electronic warfare defense.