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Father of modern Chinese navy dies


Justin Jones

21 January 2011 10:04

General Liu Huaqing has died, aged 94. Liu Huaqing, in the guise of an Admiral, is considered the father of the modern PLA Navy.

The impressive Chinese naval build up we are observing today (the blogosphere is abuzz with commentary regarding the Chinese J-20 stealth aircraft, but here is a detailed look at China's submarine modernisation) can be traced back to Liu Huaqing's era as head of the PLA-N. He was influenced by the writings of Admiral and strategist Sergey Gorshkov, Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Navy during much of the Cold War. Gorshkov oversaw a massive increase in Soviet naval capability during his tenure. Liu Huaqing instigated the same for China.

Why is he referred to as 'General'' In Liu Huaqing's era, heads of the PLA-N were appointed from the senior ranks of the PLA. Today's PLA-N chiefs spend their entire career as professional mariners.