July 8, 2020 – A combat support ship flotilla under the Chinese PLA’s Eastern Theater Command held a decommissioning ceremony for the comprehensive supply ship Poyang Hu (Hull 882) at a naval port in Ningbo City on July 6 to bid farewell to the veteran ship which has served for over 40 years.
Poyang Hu (Hull 882) has been the first Type 905 warship independently designed and built by China in the Dalian Shipyard in 1976 and was officially put into service with hull number X615 on December 16, 1979. With frequent transference and name changes, it was renamed as Poyang Hu on June 1, 2002.
In the past more than 40 years, it has carried out multiple exercises and visiting missions successively. Among the naval ships of the same type, Poyang Hu has achieved 15 “firsts” during its service, including the first to complete the single-ship underway replenishment, the first to accompany the naval fleet to perform missions across the equator, the first to go abroad, and the first to participate in the joint naval exercises between China and foreign countries. It is a meritorious ship in the real sense of the word.