Joint navy drill helps in­for­ma­tion shar­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHAO LEI in Shang­hai zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The on­go­ing joint drill be­tween the Chi­nese and Rus­sian navies will test their com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties, an ex­pert said on Thurs­day.

“Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing are very im­por­tant for forces from dif­fer­ent mil­i­taries in co­or­di­nat­ing op­er­a­tions and can be de­ci­sive for the drill’s out­come,” Zhang Junshe, a re­searcher with the PLA’s Naval Mil­i­tary Stud­ies Re­search In­sti­tute, told China Daily.

“Com­man­ders from the two navies must dis­cuss and de­cide how to com­mu­ni­cate or re­lay in­for­ma­tion via ra­dio,” he said.

“If two ships are not far from each other, they can also use semaphore, which is limited to a dis­tance of up to 5.55 kilo­me­ters.”

The United States navy has long used the tac­ti­cal dig­i­tal in­for­ma­tion links sys­tem to ex­change in­for­ma­tion with some of its al­lies. The lat­est ver­sion, Link 16, fea­tures high

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing are very im­por­tant for forces from dif­fer­ent mil­i­taries in co­or­di­nat­ing op­er­a­tions and can be de­ci­sive for the drill’s out­come.” ZHANG JUNSHE RE­SEARCHER WITH THE PLA’S NAVAL MIL­I­TARY STUD­IES RE­SEARCH IN­STI­TUTE

se­cu­rity, huge com­mu­ni­ca­tion ca­pac­ity and near real-time trans­mis­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to ear­lier re­ports, the Chi­nese navy has em­ployed tac­ti­cal data links on its ships.

Se­nior Cap­tain Ge Cong-bo, who is in charge of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for the week-long Joint Sea-2014 drill, said com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cers from both sides are main­tain­ing good co­op­er­a­tion to en­sure com­mands and data are trans­mit­ted in a timely and smooth man­ner.

“Dis­par­i­ties in com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment have been among the ma­jor fac­tors that af­fect in­for­ma­tion trans­mis­sion dur­ing joint drills,” he said, adding that the two navies have over­come such dif­fi­cul­ties and drawn up spec­i­fied rules for com­mu­ni­ca­tion is­sues.

A to­tal of 14 ships, two sub­marines, nine fixed-wing air­craft and sev­eral he­li­copters from the two navies are tak­ing part in the ex­er­cise, which started in Shang­hai on Tues­day and will be per­formed in the north­ern part of the East China Sea.

All par­tic­i­pat­ing ships set sail on Thurs­day morn­ing and per­formed a drill that sim­u­lates de­fense of the sites where the ships are an­chored.

Start­ing on Fri­day, the joint forces will prac­tice anti-ship as­saults, anti-sub­ma­rine com­bat, air de­fense, and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, res­cue and es­cort op­er­a­tions.

The ex­er­cise is the third of its kind, af­ter joint drills off the coast of Rus­sia’s Far East in July and the Yel­low Sea in April 2012. The two coun­tries have also held six joint an­titer­ror­ism ex­er­cises since 2005.

Dur­ing the drills, the two sides use Rus­sian to com­mu­ni­cate, ac­cord­ing to Wu Dahui, who stud­ies con­tem­po­rary Rus­sia at Ts­inghua Univer­sity in Bei­jing.

Some of the Chi­nese navy’s com­man­ders speak Rus­sian but most Chi­nese of­fi­cers don’t, so in­ter­preters are in­dis­pens­able, he said.

How­ever, for a hand­ful of Chi­nese vet­er­ans, lan­guage is never a prob­lem.

Wang Chao, head of a co­or­di­na­tion team from the Chi­nese navy who par­tic­i­pated in the pre­vi­ous two joint naval drills, told Xin­hua News Agency: “When we are plan­ning a tac­ti­cal oper­a­tion, we even do not need an in­ter­preter.”

It is be­cause the lan­guage bar­ri­ers have given way to “uni­fied tac­ti­cal thoughts”, he said.

FENG YONG­BIN / CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese de­stroyer Harbin sets off on Thurs­day for the Joint Sea-2014 drill be­tween Chi­nese and Rus­sian navies. Four­teen ships, two sub­marines, nine fixed-wing air­craft and six he­li­copters from the two mil­i­taries are tak­ing part in the week­long drill that started on Tues­day.

SUN CAN / XIN­HUA

Par­tic­i­pants com­pete in a na­tional cy­ber­se­cu­rity skills con­test in Nan­jing, Jiangsu prov­ince, on May 2. China an­nounced on Thurs­day that it will be­gin cy­ber­se­cu­rity vet­ting of ma­jor com­puter and net­work prod­ucts and ser­vices.

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