The destroyer flotilla of the Chinese Navy under the PLA Northern Theater Command held a retirement ceremony for four first-generation missile destroyers.
The decommissioning of the 4 ships at a military port in Lyushun, Liaoning Province, followed the induction of two Type 052D guided missile destroyers in the naval shipyard of Dalian on May 12.
Official media identified the decommissioned ships as the guided-missile destroyers Kaifeng (Hull 109), Dalian (Hull 110), Zunyi (Hull 134) and Guilin (Hull 164) All of the four destroyers had been in service for more than 30 years.
“Over decades, they had effectively fulfilled their sacred duties to safeguard China’s national unity and maritime rights and interests, and made outstanding contributions to the modernization of the Chinese Navy,” a report in Chinamil, the Chinese armed forces’ official news website said.
The decommissioned missile destroyers are the first-generation large and medium-sized warship designed and built in China ‘marking the rise of China’s modern industry and naval forces,’ Chinese media reported quoting an official statement. Their decommissioning instead of a life-extension program, indicates that China has quickened its pace of building a strong and modernized military.
The Chinese Navy has announced a program to build up to 30 Type 052D destroyers in addition to eight ships of the Type 055, 10,000 displacement ton destroyers in the near future. Long term plans include having a fleet of 50 destroyers and 3-4 aircraft carriers.
China plans to build over 30 Type 052D guided missile destroyers and is eyeing an export market for them. Two new Type 052D guided missile destroyers, developed from predecessor Type 052C, were launched in the Dalian Shipyard on Friday, reports wenweipo
China plans to have a fleet of 8 Type 055 destroyers, its most powerful naval vessel which was showcased during the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navys 70th anniversary on Tuesday in Qingdao. While four have been built, four more are planned to be constructed, state media reported
Chinas new missile destroyer has had 112 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) installed, which according to experts could upgrade the rapid-reaction capability of weapons, local media reports. The new Type 055 guided-missile destroyer surpasses the US Navy's Arleigh Burke-class destroyers in terms of launch cells quantity, state-run news agency Global Times reports citing a CCTV report
Chinese Type 052D frigate known as DDG-173 Changsha broke down probably due to propulsion failure in Indian Ocean while en route to Baltic Sea, to participate in joint China-Russia naval exercise joint Sea 2017. Changsha is believed to be drifting since at least June 26 with replenishment ship LUOMAHU (Qiandaohu-class or Type 903, displacement 23
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