First Type 055 Commissioned

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January 12, 2020 – 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, east China’s Shandong Province.

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

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Launched on June 28, 2017, the destroyer was equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, said a statement from the Navy.

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

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