ComNavOps has long argued for much more realistic training and live fire exercises than the Navy currently does. The U.S. Navy has not listened but the Chinese may have. From the China Defense Blog comes this description of a Chinese Navy live fire exercise involving 40 ships that sounds much more realistic and challenging than our own. (1)
“According to Chen [Chen Shengqi, staff officer at the staff department of the PLA Navy], the participating vessels were randomly selected from the three fleets of the PLA Navy. They had to continuously fight against multiple targets at ultra-low altitude, judge the air defense effects by themselves, and organize intercept operation again based on the actual situation.
”The assessment yielded concrete results and also revealed some problems of the commanders' judgment on battlefield status and of the sailors' skills in operating weapon and equipment," said Cheng Dewei, deputy director of a bureau of the PLA Navy's staff department.”
Yes, Chinese statements must be viewed with suspicion but the bulk of routine naval and military announcements have proven to be fairly accurate and I accept this at face value with the caveat of language differences which, despite translation, may have different meanings.
The exercise appears to be much less scripted than our own.
If the exercise involved 40 ships and they all fired missiles, the Chinese are launching many more missiles than we are!
The Chinese appear to be training harder and better than we are.
(1)China Defense Blog, “PLAN conducts a 40-warship drill near
”, North Korea 8-Dec-2017,