Asymmetric Dialogue

China's 5th PLAN Marine Brigade

Recon elements of the 5th Marine Brigade just received its Lynx 8x8 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) . The fact that they are issued ATV instead of dedicated amphibious IFV is a telling story of what their intended role will be. 

Photo credit goes to Andrew KC 






Tuesday, January 09, 2018

The 5th PLAN Marine Briagde is here

It just completed its first field deployment drill in minus ten degrees near its home port of Qingdao (here). The 1st and 2nd PLAN Marine Brigades are home-ported in Zhanjiang, South Sea Fleet. Since the 5th Marine Briagde is in Qingdao, it is likely under the North Sea Fleet.


Saturday, December 23, 2017

If the great "Chinese Internet" is to be believed, a total of 5 new PLAN Marine combat brigades will be commissioned to support PLA's “New Historic Missions”. They are to supplement the existing 1st and 2nd Marine Brigades. The new outfits are: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and Marine SpOps Brigade.