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China’s first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer commissioned

China’s first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer commissioned

The Nanchang, China's first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, was commissioned in the People's Liberation Army Navy on Sunday morning in the port city of Qingdao.

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The 10,000 ton-class destroyer officially debuted at the multinational naval parade in celebration of the Chinese navy's 70th founding anniversary on April 23, 2019.

Collin Koh, a research fellow and maritime security expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, told The Japan Times that the warship is “by far the most powerful surface combatant” in China’s navy, outside of its aircraft carriers.

The commission of Nanchang marks the Navy’s leap from the third generation to the fourth generation of destroyers, according to the statement.

Maritime Business World 

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