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Chinese navy quietly commissions more ships

20 November 2017

Photographs recently emerged in Chinese online forums suggesting that China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 16 November.

A local news report posted on the Weixin website about the commissioning of Guangyuan , (with pennant number 552) was, however, removed shortly after, according to Henri Kenhmann, an experienced observer of Chinese military developments.

Other online sources suggest that a second Type 056 corvette – named Wuhai (with pennant number 540) – was commissioned into the PLAN’s North Sea Fleet that same day. However, no photographs have yet to emerge of the ceremony, and the event has not been reported by state-owned Chinese media.

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