Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base

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Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base
Hong Kong; Stonecutter's Island
Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base.jpg
Coordinates 22°19′20″N 114°8′10″E / 22.32222°N 114.13611°E / 22.32222; 114.13611Coordinates: 22°19′20″N 114°8′10″E / 22.32222°N 114.13611°E / 22.32222; 114.13611
Type Naval base
Site information
Controlled by People's Liberation Army Navy
Site history
Built 1997
In use 1997 – Present
Garrison information
Past
commanders
Major General Zhang Shibo
Garrison People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison, South Sea Fleet, Southern Theater Command

Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base is part of the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison and small naval base in Hong Kong. It is home to the South Sea Fleet Squadron # 38081 and sub-base to the naval squadron of the South Sea Fleet. The area surrounding the base is off limits to civilian ship traffic.[1]

History[edit]

The naval base was built by the contractors during the handover period in 1996–1997 and one of a few military installations that was not transferred from the British. The naval base is located on the South Shore of the former Stonecutter's Island and located south of the former HMS Tamar (now the Government Dockyard). Most of the facility was created from dredging and in-fill project in the early 1990s in anticipation of the move of Tamar and the handover. The older buildings and recreation facilities were inherited from the Hong Kong Military Service Corps. Many buildings in the base date to the 1930s, but some are as far back as the 1870s.

A list of historic buildings at the naval facility:

  • Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes
  • Lido - recreation facilities including a pool
  • Building # 31 - South Shore
  • Building # 23 (old Fire Station) - South Shore
  • Building # 25 - South Shore
  • Ferry Waiting Room
  • Shaffies Curry House - South Shore
  • Old Military Prison
  • Colchester Road
  • Didcot Road
  • Upside-Down House (#24 South Shore)
  • Ammunition Depot and Bunkers
  • Sub Ammo Depot
  • Married Quarters
  • LEP/HKMSC Medical Centre
  • Barracks #25 - built 1905
  • Old Centurion Battery
  • Western Battery
  • Eastern Battery
  • Watch Towers
  • South Shore Gun Battery
  • Arnament Depot
  • Officer's Mess
  • Old Watch Tower 1870
  • Wuthering Height's Quarters
  • St Barbara's Garrison Church
  • East Pier
  • Transmitting Station
  • Receiving Station
  • Central Battery

Roads within the base once had British names, but they have since been dropped:

  • Colchester Road
  • Didcot Road

The most high profile visitor to the base was Hu Jintao in 2007.

Ships[edit]

Various ships of the People's Liberation Army Navy visit the base, but only a few ships remain on semi-permanent basis.

Class or name Builder Type Quantity Year Entered Service Details
Houjian class Huangpu Shipyard, Guangzhou  People's Republic of China missile boat 6 1990s carries five C-801/YJ-1 anti-ship missiles, 1 twin 37 mm Anti-aircraft guns and 2 twin 30 mm cannons
Type 074 Yuhai (Wuhu-A) class Wuhu Shipyard of Wuhu, Anhui  People's Republic of China Medium Landing Ship 2 1995–2000 Two 25 mm guns

Facilities[edit]

Like the last HMS Tamar, Ngong Shuen Chau is a low-frills and low key naval facility.

Access to the base is made via Chi Ngong Road, but access into the naval yard is restricted and surrounding areas fenced off. A heavily wooded area to the north protects the base from unwanted visitors.

  • basin and concrete berthing facility
  • naval barracks
  • exercise track
  • parade grounds
  • numerous low-rise naval buildings
  • Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base Theatre[2]

During the summer months the base is open to the public, but otherwise closed during most of the year.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAP 313A Shipping and Port Control Regulations Schedule 5 Restricted Areas, etc.". Hong Kong Legal Information Institute. 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hong Kong Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base Theatre". macostar.com. 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hong Kong citizens visit Naval Base of PLA Garrison". The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China. September 19, 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 

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