China is conducting air-sea patrols for Chinese oil rigs in waters disputed with Vietnam

Yacheng 13-1 drill platform as seen from the amphibious patrol aircraft. Photo by Xinhua reporter Zhao Yingquan

Yacheng 13-1 drill platform as seen from the amphibious patrol aircraft. Photo by Xinhua reporter Zhao Yingquan

The following is based on a translation of a report on a Chinese news website:

Major Chinese military site mil.huanqiu.com has published photos of Chinese oil rigs to the southwest of China’s Hainan Island and the patrol amphibious aircraft and ship that protect the oil rigs.

The waters to the southwest of China’s Hainan Island are close to Vietnam where there was a serious standoff between China and Vietnam when a Chinese oil rig operated there last year.

Mil.huanqiu.com says in the report that publishes the photos that China conducted its first air-sea three dimensional patrol on September 25 with the goal “to ensure navigation safety and protect the ocean environment.”

The total mileage of the patrol is 300 nautical miles covering the usual shipping routes and the areas around Chinese drill platforms Yacheng 13-1 and Dongfang 1-1.

The shipping route is near Vietnam and the distance between Hainan and Vietnam is only 140 nautical miles; therefore the 300 nautical mile patrol covers most of the disputed waters between China and Vietnam.

Dongfang 1-1 drill platform as seen from the amphibious patrol aircraft. Photo by Xinhua reporter Zhao Yingquan

Dongfang 1-1 drill platform as seen from the amphibious patrol aircraft. Photo by Xinhua reporter Zhao Yingquan

Inside the patrol aircraft. Photo by Xinhua reporter Zhao Yingquan

Inside the patrol aircraft. Photo by Xinhua reporter Zhao Yingquan

Contributed by “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” – Author of “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements” and “Space Era Strategy” – Also English/Chinese translation service

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Aerial photos of drill platforms in the sea area to the southwest of Hainan Island” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

 



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