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Chinese Navy Fifth Type 052C Destroyer Commissioned (plus update on Type 052D Destroyers)
 
The Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Type 052C Destroyer (Luyang II class) Jinan (hull number 152) on December 22nd according to the Chinese military official daily publication PLA Daily. Jinan is the fifth of six Type 052C Destroyers ordered by the PLAN. Meanwhile, the Type 052D Destroyer (Luyang III class) programme continues.
The Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Type 052C Destroyer (Luyang II class) Jinan (hull number 152) on December 22nd according to the Chinese military official daily publication PLA Daily. Jinan is the fifth of six Type 052C Destroyers ordered by the PLAN. Meanwhile, the Type 052D Destroyer (Luyang III class) programme continues.
 
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Chinese Navy Fifth Type 052C Destroyer Commissioned (plus update on Type 052D Destroyers)
 
The Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Type 052C Destroyer (Luyang II class) Jinan (hull number 152) on December 22nd according to the Chinese military official daily publication PLA Daily. Jinan is the fifth of six Type 052C Destroyers ordered by the PLAN. Meanwhile, the Type 052D Destroyer (Luyang III class) programme continues.
     
The Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Type 052C Destroyer (Luyang II class) Jinan (hull number 152) on December 22nd according to the Chinese military official daily publication PLA Daily. Jinan is the fifth of six Type 052C Destroyers ordered by the PLAN. Meanwhile, the Type 052D Destroyer (Luyang III class) programme continues.
Type 052C Destroyer Jinan during the commissioning ceremony on December 22nd as published in PLA Daily
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The Chinese Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fifth Type 052C Destroyer (Luyang II class) Jinan (hull number 152) on December 22nd according to the Chinese military official daily publication PLA Daily. Jinan is the fifth of six Type 052C Destroyers ordered by the PLAN. Meanwhile, the Type 052D Destroyer (Luyang III class) programme continues.
Type 052C Destroyerd Jinan (left) and third ship of the class Changchun (right) at Dinghai-Yadangshan, home of the PLAN East China Sea Fleet in Zhoushan city.

     
It took the PLAN a while to commission Jinan: 1105 days as the vessel was launched on December 15 2011. For comparision, it took "only" 800 days to commission the first 3 Type 052D Lanzhou, Haikou and Changchun. The reason for the delay is not clear at this time.

The commissioning ceremony took place at the PLAN East China Sea Fleet's port in Zhoushan.
     
The sixth (expected to be the last ship of the class) Type 052C Destroyer received its hull number 153 in early December 2014. Delivery to the PLAN could happen in 2015.
The sixth (expected to be the last ship of the class) Type 052C Destroyer received its hull number 153 in early December 2014. Delivery to the PLAN could happen in 2015.

     
It took the PLAN a while to commission Jinan: 1105 days as the vessel was launched on December 15 2011. For comparision, it took "only" 800 days to commission the first 3 Type 052D Lanzhou, Haikou and Changchun. The reason for the delay is not clear at this time.

According to the PLAN: "Type 052C vessels are new-generation guided missile destroyers independently researched, developed, designed and manufactured by China. With a maximum length of 155 meters, width of 17 meters, and a full load displacement of 6,000-plus tons, this new-type destroyer is equipped with multiple sets of new-type weapons and equipment independently researched and developed by China. With advanced performance and state-of-the-art equipment, it is able to attack surface ships and submarines either independently or in coordination with other naval forces, and has stronger combat capabilities of long-distance alerting and detection as well as area air-defense."
     
The second Type 052D Destroyer in final system outfitting at the Changxing Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai. Picture taken in December 2014.
The second Type 052D Destroyer in final system outfitting at the Changxing Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai. Picture taken in December 2014.
     
The third and fifth Type 052D Destroyers still inside the construction docks in Shanghai.
The third and fifth Type 052D Destroyers still inside the construction docks in Shanghai.
Picture taken in December 2014.

     
Type 052D programme update
Meanwhile the second Type 052D Destroyer is in final system outfitting stage at the Changxing Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai and should start sea trials in 2015. Also at the Shanghai shipyard are the third and fifth hulls still under construction in the docks. According to the Chinese spotters who took the above pictures in Shanghai, the sixth hull should be launched in early 2015, blocks of the seventh hull are already in the construction block (laid down) and blocks of the eighth hull are already being produced.

Kunming
(hull number 172), the first Type 052D destroyer (Luyang III class) was commissioned in March 2014. At least 12 vessel of this class are expected to be inducted in the PLAN.

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.

To learn more: Link to Type 052D Destroyer Technical Datasheet