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Two more Type 056A corvettes in service with the Chinese navy

12 December 2019

Two more Type 056A (Jiangdao)-class corvettes have recently entered service with China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The ships have been named Bazhong (pennant number 625) and Shuozhou (610), both of which are the names of prefecture-level cities in China.

No official confirmation has been given that the ships have been commissioned, but news media has reported that the "deputy secretary of the municipal party committee" of each city visited the ship bearing the respective name.

Moreover, the accompanying photographs show each of the ships' companies paraded on the jetty, with the ships dressed overall, flying their respective naval ensigns, and bearing their pennant numbers, all of which indicates that commissioning ceremonies had taken place.

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