WEST PACIFIC, October 28 (ChinaMil) -- The exercise codenamed "Maneuver 5" of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLAN) entered the stage of actual-troop confrontation according to an order from the Directing Department of the exercise at 08:00 on October 25, 2013.
The participating troops from the three major fleets of the PLAN carried out the first actual-troop confrontation at a predetermined sea area of the West Pacific in two combat groups, namely, the "Red Army" and the "Blue Army".
Since the exercise was unveiled on October 18, all the participating taskforces set sail respectively from their naval ports, entered the West Pacific through the Miyako Strait and the Bashi Channel, and arrived at the predetermined sea area successively. Affected by the No. 27 Typhoon Francisco, all the taskforces suffered force 6-7 wind and 4-6-meter-high waves during the voyage.
As required, the Directing Department guided the two sides to conduct independent confrontation in the form of real and virtual directing and adjusting during the stage of actual-troop confrontation. Based on their weaponry and equipment as well as the existing operational command systems, the two sides conducted confrontation drills on many subjects around the clock.
According to a person in charge of a relevant department under the PLAN, "Maneuver 5" exercise is carried out according to the annual military training program of the PLAN and it aims at testing open-sea mobile combat tactics, open-sea command and control capabilities and open-sea combat effectiveness of weaponry and equipment, so as to improve PLAN troops' capabilities for safeguarding China's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity as well as China's maritime rights and interests. The exercise is not targeted at any specific country and target.