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There are areas such as munitions, where effectiveness of a navy relative to others can be improved by the use of weapons which reduce the effectiveness of one’s opponents. Such weapons are the Dong Feng 21D anti-carrier missile, and the EM52 rocket propelled mine.

Structurally, it can be argued that they are weakened by a complex command structure which has both executive and political (commissars) chains of command. These forms of organisation have been tested in various wars – for example by the former Soviet Union, North Vietnam and China itself in the Korean War. Some commentators would claim that lower effectiveness is compensated for with greater numbers of personnel and subjugation of the individual to the state.

Organisation

The PLAN is divided into three fleets: the North Sea Fleet (HQ Quindao) with six major bases, the East Sea Fleet (HQ Ningbo) with five major bases, and the South Sea Fleet (Zhanjiang) with five major bases. There are at least as many minor bases as major bases. This is a large number of bases for a coast line which is 8,000 miles in extent, as compared with the US coastline which is over 12,000 miles long.

 

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