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'Changchun' warship commissioned to PLA Navy

By  Qian Xiaohu (China Military Online)

09:00, February 05, 2013

The commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the "Changchun" warship, a new-type guided missile destroyer, was held on the morning of January 31, 2013 at a military port of a troop unit in Zhoushan City of east China's Zhejiang province, marking that the "Changchun" warship is officially commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

The "Changchun" warship is China's independently-developed new-type closed air-defense guided missile destroyer. With the hull number of 150, it has a maximum length of 155 meters, a width of 17 meters and a full-load displacement of 6,000-odd tons. It has greater long-range warning, detecting and regional air defense capabilities, and can be used independently or with other naval strength to attack enemies' surface ships and submarines.

The 103 warship, one of the four main destroyers of the PLA Navy, was named the "Changchun" warship soon after the founding of the People's Republic of China. That "Changchun" warship was decommissioned after its 30-odd-year-long service in coastal waters and territorial seas in 1990. The official commissioning of the new-generation "Changchun" warship has once again opened a brand-new chapter of the "double supports" for joint development between Changchun City, capital of northeast China's Jilin province, and the PLA Navy, that is, Changchun City supports the PLA Navy and gives preferential treatment to the families of its revolutionary servicemen and martyrs, and the PLA Navy supports the government of Changchun City and cherishes its people.

Ding Haichun, political commissar of the East China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy, presented the naming certificate and the PLA flag to the commander of the "Changchun" warship.

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