China's latest intelligence-gathering ship was commissioned into the North Sea Fleet of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) at a ceremony in Qingdao on 10 January, according to Chinese news media reports.Named Kaiyangxing (pennant number 856), the vessel was built at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai and is the fourth of the Dongdiao class (Type 815) to be commissioned in the past two years.The first of the six 6,000-tonne ships currently in service with the PLAN was commissioned in 1999. Subsequent vessels have had changes made to their superstructure and masts, and are generally referred to as Type 815A.The ships have a highly distinctive profile with very large spherical radomes, which are likely to be covering sensitive dish antennas for intercepting and collecting very low-power radio signals.There are differences between the ships in the configuration of the antennas and Kaiyangxing has a unique flat-topped cylindrical radome above the bridge.The six vessels in service are allocated evenly between the PLAN's North, East, and South Sea fleets.
China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer on 22 January.Named Xining (with pennant number 117), the vessel is the first Type 052D to be assigned to the PLAN's North Sea Fleet, with the other four ships allocated to the South Sea Fleet. The commissioning ceremony took place at the Guzhenkou naval base south of Qingdao and was conducted by Rear Admiral Zhang Wendan, the newly appointed commander of the North Sea Fleet.The 7,500-tonne Type 052Ds have two vertical-launch system (VLS) grids each containing 32 cells: one forward of the bridge and the other forward of the hangar. The VLS supports the HHQ-9A long-range surface-to-air missile, giving the ship an area air-defence capability. The VLS is also thought to be capable of firing land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles.The Type 052Ds are also equipped with the Type 346A multifunction phased array radar (commonly known as Dragon Eye).Evidence recently emerged that the Type 052D destroyers are also fitted with variable depth and towed array sonars, which give them considerably greater anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities than the PLAN's previous classes of destroyer. The VLS may also be equipped with a stand-off ASW torpedo-carrying missile.The vessels' twin hangars are capable of embarking either Harbin Z-9 or Kamov Ka-28 anti-submarine helicopters or Kamov Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopters.
China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new training ship for the Dalian Naval Academy. Named Qi Jiguang (pennant number 83), the vessel entered service on 21 February at the Lushun Naval Base, near Dalian, which is expected to be its base port.The ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Tian Zhong, deputy commander of the PLAN and former commander of the North Sea Fleet. Rear Admiral Yan Zhengming, the commandant of the Dalian Naval Academy, also attended.The ship is reported to be 163 m long, with a beam of 22 m and a displacement of 9,000 tonnes. Diesel engines provide propulsion and it has a maximum speed of 22 kt.The vessel is purpose built for initial sea training of naval cadets and footage broadcast on China Central Television (CCTV) shows an impressive level of equipment.In addition to large classrooms for trainees to undertake conventional navigation chart work, the ship has a large lecture theatre and facilities for computer based training, including a bridge/ship handling simulator. It is also equipped with a gymnasium.The ship is designed to be capable of embarking 400 junior officers for training, with up to 50 training staff.The ship is lightly armed with a 76 mm single barrelled H/PJ-26 mounting on the fo'c's'le and two 30 mm H/PJ-17 guns installed forward of the bridge.The ship has a large flight deck but no hangar.
DALIAN, 26 de abril (ChinaMil) – A cerimônia de lançamento do segundo porta-aviões da China foi realizada no Estaleiro Dalian da China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) na manhã de 26 de abril de 2017. O General Fan Changlong, do Comitê Central do Partido Comunista da China (PCC) e vice-presidente da Comissão Militar Central da China (CMC), participaram da cerimônia e proferiram um discurso.A cerimônia foi iniciada com o magnífico hino nacional às 9h e uma garrafa de champanhe foi quebrada no porta-aviões como uma forma costumeira de abençoar o navio. Depois disso, o navio foi lentamente rebocado para fora do estaleiro e transferido para o cais.O segundo porta-aviões chinês foi construído totalmente pela China. O país começou a construí-lo em novembro de 2013. No momento, o casco principal foi concluído e os principais dispositivos do sistema, incluindo fontes de energia foram instalados nos seus lugares.Desdocar e lançar é um dos pontos mais importantes da construção de porta-aviões, e marcam progressos significativos em fase de concepção e construção de forma independente. Em seguida, o navio irá receber seus dispositivos de sistema e terminar a construção como planejado, e iniciar os testes de uma maneira geral.O Comandante da Marinha, Shen Jinlong, o Comissário Político da Marinha, Miao Hua, e o Presidente do CSIC, Hu Wenming, também participaram da cerimônia.
Se a classe Kuznetsov tivesse sido construída no século XXI.