Saturday, November 21, 2009
Replenishment ship 888 Transferred to the Fisheries Law Enforcement Command (FLEC) as "渔政88"
Fuxianhu has a displacement of 20,000 tons with an extensive suite of SAT COM equipment. It’s defensive armament includes two Type 76F Twin-37mm AAA and two Type93 Twin-14.5mm Heavy AAA. One medium-size helicopter flight deck is also featured.
As reported by the PLA daily, the Fuxianhu conducted its maiden supply run to the South China Sea garrison on July 2008 and was initially expected to supplement the old Jingpohu which has been running supplies since June 1993 (here)
Now, with the transfer of the Fuxianhu to the FLEC, it reinforces the trend of shifting focus to MOOTM (Military Operation Other Than War). China is the largest fishing power with a total haul of over 17 million tons in 2007, its distant water fishing fleet is close to 2000 vessels operating in the EEZs of 35 countries (here) .
In 1999 China initiated a zero growth plan as the South China Sea fishing stock is nearing collapse. Having a large replenishment ship to serve in both supply and command roles will enhance the law enforcement of the FLEC (especially with those Type 76F AAA).
Old pennant 888 with her LCVP
With her new pennant "渔政88"