Latest News:  


Female sailors hold combat positions in escort mission in Gulf of Aden

By Min Long and Li Ding (China Military Online)

08:44, February 19, 2013

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.

We recommend:

Frigates conduct drill, patrol in S. China Sea

Rare birds and wetlands protection in Yancheng

Military camouflage around world

"Red Army" division conducts winter training

"Yantai" guided missile frigate

Fighters in combat-readiness patrolling

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:YanMeng、Wang Jinxue)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Islet guards have dreams

  2. 'Golden Dragon Parade' held in Chinatown in U.S.

  3. Lunar New Year celebration held in Sydney

  4. Smog shrouds Beijing and some other cities

  5. Wedding of Lisu people in Sichuan

  6. Dancers get groove on Chongqing style

  7. World's rarest monkeys to be re-introduced

  8. Cute piggy without hind legs

  9. 3D printing reshapes manufacturing

  10. HK Disney's 1st profit since opening

Most Popular


  1. How to face wrestling's removal from Olympics?
  2. Discontents of demography
  3. Online ambitions could elude mid-level brands
  4. Human rights progress as a matter of fact
  5. Millions on the move
  6. US to withdraw from Middle East?
  7. Ensure fairness during festival travel rush
  8. Is the wolf really gone?

What’s happening in China

A 9-year-old son takes good care of his amputee mother: "adults have a priority over delicious meals"

  1. Uniforms recalled over toxic chemicals
  2. Probe unearths no pollution
  3. Labor shortage worsens as migrants stay home
  4. Grain supplies still not secure
  5. 63 sentenced over SW China pyramid selling