The spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defence, Senior Colonel Ren Guojiang said (August 1) at the routine weekly press briefing that the Naval Aviation of the PLA Southern Theatre Command during a 'recent exercise' had deployed new-type aircraft including H-6G and H-6J bombers to conduct high-intensity training during day and night time in the relevant waters of the South China Sea. He said the troops completed training subjects such as take-offs and landings during the day and at night, long-range raids and strikes against maritime targets, and achieved the expected effect. He described this training as a routine arrangement within the annual plan intended to hone the skills of the pilots and improve the all-weather combat capability of the troops.

The PLA Southern Theatre Command Navy held a 3-day (August 3 - 5) in the South China Sea when H6J aircraft were used. 

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