Sunday, July 16, 2017

Every meal's a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every formation a parade!

Changsha to boost bonus to students for military service in Xinjiang, Tibet
Source:Global Times Published: 2017/7/16 21:43:39

Changsha to boost bonus to students for military service

The government of Changsha, Central China's Hunan Province, has announced it will give a one-off signing bonus of 20,000 yuan ($2,952) to each college graduate who serves a stint in the military in either Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

Previously, the bonus was 10,000 yuan in Changsha. The new standard will take effect on August 1 and will be distributed to students before they are sent for military training, news portal reported Sunday, citing a Changsha government notice.

The bonus for other college students who sign up for military service is 15,000 yuan, and it will be handed over within three to 12 months after they began their service, said the notice. Students who sign up will also be given travel allowances ranging from 500 to 3,000 yuan.

College students are given incentives to serve in the military, even if they have not graduated, and when their term of service is over, they can return to their studies, and will benefit from preferential policies, including having fees paid or having priority for postgraduate programs. Students that sign up serve as regular rank and file troops.

The notice also states that priority should be given to retired soldiers when Changsha government recruits police officers and for vacancies at State-owned enterprises.

To encourage young people to serve in remote regions like Xinjiang and Tibet, the Chinese government gives 5,000 yuan per year to soldiers from urban areas as a pension. And to those from rural areas, the pension is two times that of those who do not serve in remote areas, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Looking to make 186,000 yuan ($28,500)? Well, join the PLA.

Capital again raises allowance for PLA recruits

Source: China DailyEditor: Zhang Tao
2016-05-16 09:59
Beijing municipality has increased the allowance for soldiers who join the People’s Liberation Army for the third consecutive year, with higher amounts for better-educated recruits.
A university student or graduate who has a Beijing hukou, or household registration permit, will receive at least 186,000 yuan ($28,500) in cash in allowance if they join the PLA this year and serve at least two years, the Beijing Municipal Conscription Office announced on its website on Friday.
The money, 9,000 yuan higher than last year, includes subsidies for the soldier’s family, reimbursement for university expenditures, service pay as well as jobfinding assistance. They will be given to the soldier and his or her family during the service term and after he or she retires from the military.
The PLA intends to recruit more well-educated young people to fill in its intellectually demanding positions that are rapidly emerging along with the military modernization drive.
An associate degree holder or student at an associate college will receive 178,000 yuan for a two-year service term while a high school graduate will get 154,000 yuan.
A soldier serving in high-altitude plateau sin the Tibet autonomous region will receive an extra subsidy of at least 56,200 yuan, the office noted.
In 2014, the total allowance for a university student or graduate who became a PLA soldier that year was increased by nearly 20,000 yuan to 159,000 yuan. The next year, the money was further raised to 177,000 yuan.
In addition to the financial incentives, Beijing also promises that students from universities in Beijing who interrupt their studies to serve the PLA will be given special favors when they take part in postgraduate exams, apply for a job in the government and State-owned enterprises, and apply for a Beijing hukou after graduation.
Government departments, State-owned companies and publicly funded organizations in Beijing have been asked to set aside a certain proportion of their vacancies for university graduates who served with the PLA, the conscription office said.
Last month, the PLA released a rap-style recruitment music video for the first time to cater to the tastes of young people. The effort was applauded by young people, many of whom said the music succeeded in raising their aspirations to have a military career.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

photos of the day: China's CH-5 drone completes trial flight

The mass-production model of China's unmanned aerial vehicle CH-5, or "Caihong (Rainbow) 5", prepares to land in an airport after its trial flight in north China's Hebei Province, July 14, 2017. Introduced at an international airshow in the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai last year, the CH-5 can conduct reconnaissance, surveillance, patrol, target positioning and strike missions, according to its developer. (Xinhua/Bai Guolong)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

More boring logistics pictures: Second type 901 Comprehensive Supply Ship fitting out in Guangzhou

Lets take a look at what folks at RAND have to say at page 93 of "China’s Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the PLA"

"Finally, no matter how many aircraft carriers and surface ships China ultimately produces, the PLAN’s ability to deploy force beyond neighboring waters will remain severely limited unless it has a sufficient number of fleet replenishment oilers (O’Rourke, 2013). These ships allow surface action groups to travel far distances by replenishing fuel, food, and water while en route and at station. The PLAN currently possesses only five replenishment ships, three of which are relatively new and have contributed to the Gulf of Aden antipiracy missions. These regular counterpiracy missions, plus exercises near Japan and in the South China Sea, have stretched the oiler fleet beyond its capacity"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Photos of the day: Type 901 Comprehensive Supply Ship

The amphibious dock landing ship Kunlunshan (Hull 998) conducts alongside replenishment-at-sea training with a new comprehensive supply ship (not commissioned) in the waters of the South China Sea on May 24, 2017. They are attached to a landing ship flotilla of the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy. ( by Liu Jian)

Boring logistics, non-news story of the day: Chinese navy establishes "mobile supply point" in Indian Ocean

Chinese navy establishes "mobile supply point" in Indian Ocean

    China Military Online
    Li Jiayao


GULF OF ADEN, July 10 (Chainmil) -- The destroyer Hefei and frigate Yuncheng of the Chinese PLA Navy received replenishment of fuel and fresh water from the supply ship Gaoyouhu of the 26th Chinese naval escort taskforce in the Gulf of Aden days ago.

The two Chinese warships, together with the supply ship Luomahu, are on their route to Russia to participate in the "Joint Sea 2017" Sino-Russian military exercise in St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad in late July.

One military expert who requested to be anonymous said that the Chinese naval task group to participate in the joint drill in Russia has a long voyage and will soon pass through the Suez Canal to enter the Mediterranean Sea, and then sail northward in the Atlantic Ocean and eventually reach the Baltic Sea.

Although the task group has the supply ship Luomahu with a full displacement of over 20, 000 tons, the amount of supplies it carries is limited and not capable of meeting the needs of the other two warships for fuel, fresh water and other supplies during the one-month-long voyage, he said.

The replenishment given by the Gaoyouhu of the 26th Chinese naval escort fleet helped improve the follow-up support capability and enhance the consecutive mobile capability of the task group, the expert said.

Thanks to the success of this "replenishment relay", the task group has reduced the cost of conducting replenishment in foreign countries’ ports, and also the duration of voyage will be shortened.

This new logistic support mode indicates that the supply ship of the Chinese naval escort taskforce will act as a mobile supply point of the Chinese navy in the Indian Ocean. "It is a useful exploration for the Chinese navy to take advantage of its escort taskforce in the Gulf of Aden to conduct front-end replenishment for Chinese warships passing by this water, which will be of great help for Chinese navy's similar ocean-going operations in the future," said the expert.

DDG 174 合肥 / Hefei
Supply ship Luomahu

Photos of the day: Vacation housewarming in Djibouti

999 Jingangshan LHD and 868 Donghaidao Mobile Landing Platform composing the first task force.

Here comes the PLAM

CCTV screen capture of the day: Launching Zubr LCAC from 868

Without the piggyback of a Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) such as the 868, the Zubr Class reaches 480 KM from shore on its own. When paired with a MLP, that 480KM limitation is no longer an issue.  As to what purpose such a pairing serves, your guess is as good as mine.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Photos of the day: On board PLAN's Mobile Landing Platform (MLP) 868

Since PLAN's Yuzhao class LPD is not large enough to house Zubr LCAC,  it makes sense for the PLAN to utilize the MLP to launch those "European bison". 

Chinese CS/AR1 55mm remotely controlled antidiversion grenade launching system spotted on the new Type055 DDG

Based on the Russian DP65 anti-saboteur system.  Frogmen, watch out.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Chinese 55mm DP-65 remotely controlled antidiversion grenade launching system spotted

on one of those South China Sea Garrisons.   Besides its antidiversion role,  I think it is also a perfectly fine fishing tool.

The 55mm DP-65 remotely controlled antidiversion grenade launching system is designed for protection of ships against attacks of underwater combat swimmers at external roadstead open anchor stops and bases, for protection against attacks of underwater combat swimmers at water-development works, sea platforms and other important sea and coastal installations.