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Exhibition opens in PLA Navy's birthplace to mark anniversay
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20:55, April 29, 2009

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An exhibition on the history of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy opened in east China's Taizhou City Wednesday, where the CPC-led force announced the establishment of its own naval force on April 23, 1949.

Liu Xiaojiang, political commissar of the PLA Navy, and Jiangsu provincial Communist Party of China chief Liang Baohua and Governor Luo Zhijun attended the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

A large photo showing President Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, state president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, at an international fleet review at Qingdao Port, Shandong Province, on April 23 is on display.

Over the past 60 years, the PLA Navy has fought more than 1,200battles, sunk, damaged or captured over 400 enemy warships, and downed or damaged more than 500 enemy planes, said Lu Jialing, hall curator.

The PLA Navy was based on a surrendered fleet of the Kuomintang (KMT) warships in Taizhou 60 years ago.

Taizhou has named local schools and public sites after the PLA Navy, and in 2002, the PLA Navy named one of its missile destroyers after the city.

The venue of the exhibition is Taizhou's PLA Navy memorial hall, which was built by the city government in 1996, with an investment of 11.5 million yuan (1.7 million U.S. dollars).

Source: Xinhua

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