New South China Sea patrol ship commissioned

Photo, taken on May 8, 2011, shows the patrol ship named "Zhong Guo Hai Jian 84" at Changzhou Port in Guangzhou. (Photo by Lu Hanxin, Xinhua)

On May 8, a 1,500-ton-class patrol ship named "Zhong Guo Hai Jian 84" was commissioned as the thirteenth patrol ship of the South Sea fleet of the China Maritime Surveillance Force in the southern city of Guangzhou.

The ship is 88 meters long, 12 meters wide and has a depth molded of 5.6 meters and a draught of 3,580 meters. It displaces 1,740 tons, has a seating capacity of 50 and an endurance distance of 5,000 sea miles.

The ship will mainly be used to protect China's maritime interests, enforce maritime and environmental laws. In addition, the ship, which is equipped with a sound waves detector and analyzer, can also be used to conduct scientific research.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

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