The first of the 'stretched' 7,500 tonne Type 052D (Luyang III)-class destroyers for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) entered service with the East Sea Fleet on 12 January, the same day that the first of the 12,000-tonne Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyers was commissioned into the North Sea Fleet.
Named Zibo (pennant number 156), the Type 052D joined the PLAN's Sixth Destroyer Flotilla based at Dinghai on Zhoushan Island, about 150 km southwest of Shanghai. Built at the Jiangnan Changxingdao Shipyard and launched in mid-2018, the ship completed fitting out, setting to work, and post-build sea trials in just 18 months.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to Jane's unrivalled data and insight, learn more about our subscription options at janes.com/products