Fresh water, vegetables and fruit are the things PLA navy sailors miss most during escort missions, according to those who’ve served overseas. “We were served a lot of fish and meat at every meal during the mission, but they didn’t taste too good because they’d been stored in a refrigerator for a long time,” said Zhang Hua, a nurse at the PLA No 404 Hospital in Weihai, Shandong province. “We ate meat every day, and I still feel a little nauseous at the sight of refrigerated meat.” In 2013, Zhang and three doctors from the hospital were members of the 14th escort mission, which lasted more than seven months…Full Article: China Daily Feb 2015

Key Point

  • Fish, meat, potatoes, Chinese cabbage, onions, and instant noodles constitute the bulk of what is served to PLA sailors.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Traditional Chinese cooking tends to utilize more fresh water and generate more cooking waste when compared to Western cooking (e.g. processed foods). This becomes particularly relevant when having to feed a large naval force over a prolonged period of time. In 2012, China commissioned its first aircraft carrier, Liaoning. With a capacity to hold up 6,000 sailors, reliance on water intensive food produce is burdensome. Consequently, the Chinese military has recognized the need for “finished Chinese food” products to efficiently feed its naval force.

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