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New missile destroyer joins South China Sea Fleet

( Source: China Military Online  )         2015-December-14 22:48

The photo taken on Dec. 12, 2015 shows the naming and commissioning ceremony held in a naval port in Sanyan, Hainan Province, for the guided missile destroyer Hefei. The new destroyer, which is China's third Type 052D guided missile destroyer, started its service in PLA Navy's South China Sea Fleet on Saturday. 

SANYA, Dec. 14 (ChinaMil) – The South China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy embraced a new guided missile destroyer Hefei on Dec. 12, 2015. The destroyer’s naming and commissioning ceremony was held at a naval port in Sanya in south China’s Hainan Province on Sunday morning.

The destroyer Hefei (Hull No. 174) is the third Type 052D guided-missile destroyer China has produced. The other two Type 052D destroyers, the Kunming (Hull No.172) and the Changsha (Hull No.173), started their military service in the South China Sea Fleet on March 21, 2014 and Aug. 12, 2015 respectively.

Vice Adm. Wang Dengping, deputy political commissar of the PLA Navy, attended the new destroyer’s naming ceremony in Sanya. As the most advanced guided missile destroyer independently designed and built by China, the destroyer Hefei will play an important role in further enhancing the systematic combat capability of the PLA Navy and maintaining China’s maritime rights and interests, he said.

Editor :  Yao Jianing