May 28, 2013 defense-aerospace.com
(Source: China Military Online; published May 27, 2013)
Minesweeper Flotilla In Comprehensive Maritime Offence and Defense Drill
A minesweeper flotilla under the East China Sea Fleet of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a comprehensive maritime offence-and-defense drill in complex electromagnetic environment in early May.
During the drill, the officers and men of the flotilla have accomplished such subjects as mine-laying and mine-sweeping, electromagnetic countermeasure, live-ammunition firing and so on.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The photographs posted with this brief news item show some pretty old-style UAVs being launched and being maintained. While this could be intended to imply such UAVs are operated from PLA Navy minesweepers, no photograph allows the mother ship to be identified as a minesweeper. The launch photo shows what appears to be the flame of a booster rocket, and no catapult is visible.)