23 May 2012

Military Deliveries Continue: Minesweepers

Michael Turton,Military Deliveries Continue: Minesweepers,” The View from Taiwan, 23 May 2012.

Andrew Erickson, Lyle Goldstein, and William Murray — all names you should know from reading this blog — cover China’s minelaying capabilities in this long and detailed essay. As they note in the opening pages, mines are an important component of Chinese naval thinking, and Taiwan’s vulnerability to a mines makes a mine-based blockade a tempting strategy for the PRC to pursue. …

See below for related full-length reports and presentations:

Andrew S. Erickson, Lyle J. Goldstein, and William S. Murray, “Chinese Mine Warfare: A PLA Navy ‘Assassin’s Mace’ Capability,” Naval War College China Maritime Study 3, August 2009.

Japanese translation now available: 米海大論文 「中国の機雷戦」の紹介.

Andrew S. Erickson, “Chinese Mine Warfare,” presented at plenary session, “Undersea Warfare: Full Spectrum Capabilities to Preserve Freedom of the Seas,” Joint Undersea Warfare Technology Conference, U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London, CT, 23 September 2009.