Wednesday, May 10, 2017

China Showcases The World’s Largest Coast Guard Vessel

Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat: China Coast Guard’s New ‘Monster’ Ship Completes Maiden Patrol in South China Sea

The world’s largest coast guard cutter conducted its first patrol in the contested waters this month.

The world’s largest coast guard vessel, the 12,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) cutter 3901, has successfully completed its first patrol in the South China Sea this month, according to Chinese government reports.

The South China Sea division of China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) reports that the ship, with a crew of 17 law enforcement personnel and two unnamed aerial vehicles (UAVs), has spent 19 days patrolling the waters around 12 Chinese-held islands and visiting 15 of the islands to “protect China’s maritime rights.”

The crew of the coast guard cutter also deployed UAVs to surveil islands.

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WNU Editor: 12,000 tons .... that is one big Coast Guard cutter.

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