September 30th, 2012

"Белые слоны" ВМС НОАК

Весьма любопытная заметка в блоге Information Dissemination. (English)
Автор рассматривает ЭМ пр.956Э/ЭМ, НАПЛ пр.636 и эсминцы пр. 051С как белых слонов. Он отмечает, что они плохо вписываются в существующую структуру ВМС НОАК и, оставаясь (особенно в случае с пр. 956 и пр. 636) мощными и достаточно новыми кораблями, уступают другим, более современным образцам военно-морской техники.

Листая википедию

Обнаружил вот такой кусочек крайне любопытного текста:

Currently, the destroyers are the largest principal surface combatants in the People's Liberation Army Navy and will continue to be so for sometime in the near future since larger warships such as aircraft carriers and cruisers are not planned to enter service anytime soon. Another link between the proposed Chinese aircraft carrier and Chinese destroyers is that all captains and their deputies of the Chinese destroyers are former naval pilots: China was to deploy its aircraft carrier as part of the overall modernization of the navy; pilots were selected to complete their training for carrier deployment. However, the Chinese aircraft carrier program was delayed, and the pilots were reassigned and retrained for destroyer commands, and so most of these destroyer commanders are still qualified naval pilots.

Первый раз встречаю. Это правда что ли? Кто-то знает? Нужен пруфлинк.