Chinese navy's first Type 055-class destroyer enters service

China’s first Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyer entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 12 January: an occasion marked by a long-anticipated commissioning ceremony held at the Xiaokouzi naval base south of Qingdao.

The significance of the event was reflected by the presence of PLAN Commander Admiral Shen Jinlong, who presented the ship’s commanding officer and political commissar with its ensign and naming certificate respectively.

Nanchang
        , China’s first Type 055-class destroyer, was commissioned into the PLAN in a ceremony held on 12 January at the Xiaokouzi naval base south of Qingdao.

Named Nanchang

Nanchang
        , which was commissioned into the PLAN on 12 January, displaces over 12,000 tonnes at full load, is180 m long and has a beam of 20 m.
      
        The principal armament of
        Nanchang
        , which entered service with the PLAN on 12 January, centres around its VLS, which comprises 64 cells forward of the bridge and 48 cells forward of the hangar.

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