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09:56 AM, June 28, 2017
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China launches Guided Missile Destroyer: Photo courtesy Chinamil.com.cn

The Chinese Navy's new locally-made destroyer, a 10,000-tonne vessel , equipped with latest air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapon systems, was launched Wednesday at Jiangnan Shipyard Group, Shanghai.

The destroyer is the first of China's new generation of destroyers. "The vessel marks a milestone in improving the nation's Navy armament system and building a strong and modern Navy," various Chinese media reports said.

According to the Peoples’ Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), tests will be carried on the vessel, including equipment operation, berthing and sailing subsequent to the launch.

Zhang Youxia, head of the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission, attended the launch ceremony, Chinamil, a government-owned website reported.

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