posted on Feb, 17 2006 @ 02:58 PM
For many years the DoD has known about a complex underground Chinese sub base in Shandong province. Much in the style of the ex-Soviet North Sea
Fleet sub bases, they apparently built a hardened undergroud docking facility for their nuclear powered and equipped subs. The facility is part of
the Jianggezhuang Submarine Base.
IKONOS imagery has been recently released, for the 1st time publicly, of this very sensitive naval facility. The image can be found
The full article on www.imagingnotes.com can be found here.
This web site also has
some very good info on the Chinese's strategic nuclear forces, with supporting satellite photography.
Some of the commentary on the Xia class SSBN is really interesting. It also shows that the Chinese notion of infrastructure is more akin to the old
Soviet system, rather than the traditional western version, at least in some ways....