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China's Fifth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer "Xining" Commissioned in PLAN North Sea Fleet
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Type 052D Kunming class Destroyer Xining PLAN China 1
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the fifth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Xining (hull number 117), was commissioned today with China's North Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Qingdao Naval Base located in North East China’s Shandong province.
 
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Naval Forces News - China
 
 
 
China's Fifth Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer "Xining" Commissioned in PLAN North Sea Fleet
 
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the fifth Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Xining (hull number 117), was commissioned today with China's North Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Qingdao Naval Base located in North East China’s Shandong province.
     
Type 052D Kunming class Destroyer Xining PLAN China 1Type 052D Destroyer Xining (117) was commissioned on January 22 2017
     
The first vessel of of the class, Kunming (hull number 172), was commissioned in March 2014. Changsha (hull number 173) , the second Type 052D Destroyer to join the PLAN, was launched just four months after head of the class Kunming but was commissioned much later, in August 2015. Hefei was launched at the Jiangnan-Changxing naval shipyard on July 2nd 2013 and commissioned in December 2015. The Fourth unit, Yinchuan (hull number 175) was commissioned in July this year.

Three Type 052D Destroyers were launched in 2015 and three were launched in 2016.

There first four ships of the class all belong to the PLAN's South Sea Fleet and are homeported in Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
     
Type 052D Kunming class Destroyer Xining PLAN China 2Type 052D Destroyer Xining (117) was commissioned on January 22 2017
     
At least 14 Type 052D Destroyers are expected to be built for the PLAN by two shipyards: Jiangnan-Changxing shipyard and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company.

The Type 052D Kunming class (Nato designation: Luyang III) is the latest generation of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Chinese Navy. It is based on its predecessor, the Type 052C DDG and likely shares the same hull. However the Type 052D incorporates many improvements in terms of design as well as sensors and weapons fit. This new class of vessel is considered as the Chinese equivalent to the American AEGIS destroyers.

Link to Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer technical datasheet