|The picture shows a scene of eight female sailors in their combat positions on the "Harbin" guided missile destroyer of the 14th escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).|
The 14th escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) sailed into a sea area of the East China Sea at 10:00 a.m. on February 17, 2013. In the taskforce, eight female sailors held the combat positions of navigation and communication, etc. This is the first time for the Chinese naval escort taskforce to assign female sailors to combat positions.
The eight female sailors are aged from 21 to 24 years old and seven of them are college graduates. They have completed the training of common subjects, such as seamanship, damage control and battlefield rescue, and professional subjects, such as navigation, radio operation and signal. All of them have the capability of performing watch duty independently.
Since December 2008, many batches of female sailors of the PLA Navy have participated in the escort mission in the Gulf of Aden. Previously, they had mainly undertaken such service and support work as medical treatment, translation and culture.
Chronicle of events of Chinese female sailors on warships
● In 1991, a hospital ship of the South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy carrying 17 servicewomen made a round of visits to the Nansha Islands in South China Sea. This is the first time for the Chinese naval servicewomen to carry out tasks along with a ship.
●In 2002, four servicewomen participated in the first around-the-world voyage of the PLA Navy.
● In 2010, 14 female soldiers were temporarily assigned to the combat duty posts of signal, radar, steering and boatswain of the Chinese naval escort ships in the Gulf of Aden.
● In March 2010, the first female sailor training team was founded at a training base of the North China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy. After a five-month-long training, the first batch of 24 female sailors acquired at least eight professional skills including damage control, knotting and chemical defense of surface ships, and became the first batch of female sailors of the PLA Navy.
● In September 2012, the PLA Navy attempted to expand the service scope of female soldiers in surface ship units, and gradually established and improved the system and measures for organization and equipment, education and training, and management and support of female soldiers.
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