China Retires Last Two Type 051 Destroyers

September 1, 2020 – A naval flotilla under the PLA Southern Theater Command last Friday held a decommissioning ceremony for two destroyers, the Zhanjiang (Hull 165) and the Zhuhai (Hull 166), both of which had served in the PLA Navy (PLAN) for nearly 30 years. The ceremony marked the final retirement of all the Type-051 destroyers, as China’s first-generation guided-missile…

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