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Updated 2:12 PM EST, Wed, Jan 29, 2020

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China Practicing Surprise Missile Attacks on Two Largest US Military Bases in Japan

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(Photo : US Navy) U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, the largest U.S. Navy base in Japan.

China intends to launch a massive surprise missile attack against the two largest U.S. military bases in Japan and is constantly practicing these attacks using live missiles at top secret training grounds in the Gobi Desert.

China has built a mock-up of portions of the key U.S. military naval base at Yokosuka, the city south of Tokyo which is the headquarters of the United States Seventh Fleet. This base called U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka is home the Seventh Fleet, largest and most powerful of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets with 70 warships, 300 aircraft and 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

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China has also built a same size model of parts of the Misawa Air Base 700 km north of Tokyo. Misawa is headquarters of the U.S. Air Force's 35th Fighter Wing (35 FW) and its two squadrons flying General Dynamics F-16 Flying Falcon air superiority fighters belonging to the 35th Operations Group.

The People's Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) has been launching live missiles at the mock-ups of these two military bases in the Gobi Desert over the past years, according to western military sources.

Surveillance photos of the Gobi Desert mock-up sites shows numerous blast craters at portions of the Yokosuka dummy site identified as shore installations, and on dummy warships built to resemble U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers.

Photos of both dummy sites were detailed in a recent report on China's dummy test sites and installations in the Gobi Desert. The report also includes side-by-side photos of the Chinese-built dummy sites and the actual U.S. bases in Japan.

It said the time between the first detection of Chinese missile launches by U.S. missile warning satellites and the missiles' impact on their targets in Japan will be about 15 minutes at most. This short time span between detection and impact means the results of a Chinese surprise missile barrage will be devastating to the U.S. installations attacked.

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