Naval War College Review

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On 2 March 2011, the Type 054A Jiangkai II–class guided missile frigate Xuzhou arrived off the coast of Libya after transiting the Suez Canal to oversee the evacu- ation of the thousands of Chinese civilians working in that country’s oil indus- try. This was evidently the first time a Chinese warship had ever entered the Mediterranean. There is thus a particular timeliness to our lead article, Daniel J. Kostecka’s “From the Sea: PLA Doctrine and the Employment of Sea-Based Airpower.” Through an analysis of doctrinal and academic writings on this sub- ject, the author explores current Chinese thinking concerning the production and employment of aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibious vessels of sev- eral types for the projection of power far from China’s own shores.