Chinese Navy’s First Type 055-Class Destroyer Enters Service

Chinese Navy’s First Type 055-Class Destroyer Enters Service
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China's first Type 055 (Renhai)-class destroyer entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on 12 January: an occasion marked by a long-anticipated commissioning ceremony held at the Xiaokouzi naval base south of Qingdao.

The significance of the event was reflected by the presence of PLAN Commander Admiral Shen Jinlong, who presented the ship's commanding officer and political commissar with its ensign and naming certificate respectively.

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