BEIJING — China`s Navy has dispatched its first self-moved floating dock, giving it the ability to repair warships far from the coast, the official People`s Liberation Army Daily said on Tuesday, Beijing`s latest move to modernise its Navy.
The newspaper said the dock, the Huachuan No 1, would enable the Navy to return damaged ships to fighting capability “in very rapid time” and was designed to be sent into combat zones.
“The ship`s launch marks a further breakthrough in shifting repairs to our military`s large warships from set spots on the coast to mobility far out at sea,” it added, showing a picture of a warship inside the floating dock.
The use of the dock means that ships with minor damage will not have to be taken out of service, while those with severe damage will not have to return to a shipyard, the paper said.
The dock can handle cruisers, destroyers and submarines, but not aircraft carriers, and cope with waves up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) high, it added.
Beijing has invested billions developing its homegrown weapons industry to support its growing maritime ambitions in the disputed South China Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific.
China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than USD 5 trillion in global trade passes every year. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have rival claims.
Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost