Chinese intelligence ship tracked close to sensitive Australia-US submarine communications facility


Date:2022-05-16 Source:Jane's By:Julian Kerr & Jon Gre Viewed:

16 MAY 2022
by Julian Kerr & Jon Grevatt

A Chinese PLAN intelligence collection vessel, Haiwangxing , pictured operating off the north-west shelf of Australia. (Commonwealth of Australia)
图为一艘中国海军情报收集船“海王星”号在澳大利亚西北大陆架外作业。 (澳大利亚联邦)
A Chinese intelligence collection ship has been tracked for a week off the West Australian coast and within 50 n miles (93 km) of a sensitive naval communications base, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton disclosed on 13 May.
Dutton said the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) Dongdiao-class (Type 815/815A) intelligence collection ship (AGI) Haiwangxing had been closely monitored by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft as it moved along the West Australian coast and sailed past the Harold E Holt naval communication station at Exmouth.
Established in the 1960s the joint Australian and US base, named after former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, provides very low frequency (VLF) radio transmission services in support of Australian, US, and allied submarines.
以澳大利亚前总理哈罗德霍尔特的名字命名的澳大利亚和美国联合基地建立于20世纪60年代,提供甚低频 (VLF) 无线电传输服务,以支持澳大利亚、美国和盟国的潜艇。
Dutton said Australia had been tracking the Chinese ship in the past “week or so” but didn't put an exact date on the surveillance undertaken by RAAF P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft and other assets.

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