China commissions its 'biggest and most powerful destroyer' amid escalating tensions with Taiwan and the U.S.
The Nanchang, the country's first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, was commissioned to the navy of the People's Liberation Army yesterday morning in the eastern port city of Qingdao, according to state media.
The Chinese navy is growing faster than any other major fleet. The country has been investing heavily on building a 'deep blue water' naval force capable of operating globally, and the official delivery of the Nanchang was a step forward in the ambitious military plan, according to Chinese state media Global Times.
The Type 055 Nanchang destroyer is expected to form a battle group with either of the country's two aircraft carriers, said Global Times, quoting Chinese experts.
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, entered service in September, 2012, and is based in Qingdao, the same city as the Nanchang.
Its second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, went into active service on December 17 and is stationed in the city of Sanya on the edge of the South China Sea.
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Rog32713, debary, United States
Remember that Chinese pot you bought? This is what happened to your money.
Jedi Master Yoda, Unknown, United States
"Made in China", need I say more?
sipke, Conshohocken, United States, 19 hours ago
Arleigh Burke class. Nice copy job, China.
Sinner, Death Valley, United States, 15 hours ago
They are working on dominating the world, no matter how long it takes.
Mike985, Wherever, United States, 20 hours ago
Like anything else made in China this ship, while a good looking vessel, will be broken down on the high seas looking for a tow.
Meh....., Northern Virginia, United States, 15 hours ago
State of the art, if we were back in the 70s.