A new training ship that was commissioned in February 2017 for the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s) Dalian Naval Academy has set sail for its maiden oceangoing voyage, the PLA-linked China Military Online website reported on 18 September.
The vessel, Qi Jiguang (pennant number 83) began the voyage with a total complement of 549 including midshipmen and crew. The midshipmen include trainees from the Naval University of Engineering, Dalian Naval Academy, Naval Submarine Academy, Naval Aeronautical University, Naval Medical University, and Naval School for non-commissioned Officers.
According to a Jane’s report from February 2017, Qi Jiguang is said to feature an overall length of 163 m, an overall beam of 22 m, and a displacement of 9,000 tonnes.
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