Chinese Navy (PLAN) Commissioned its Third Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer "Hefei"
 
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the third Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Hefei (hull number 174), was just commissioned on December 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the third Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Hefei (hull number 174), was just commissioned on December 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
 
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Naval Forces News - China
 
 
 
Chinese Navy (PLAN) Commissioned its Third Type 052D Kunming-class Destroyer "Hefei"
 
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the third Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Hefei (hull number 174), was just commissioned on December 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
     
According to the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the third Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Hefei (hull number 174), was just commissioned on December 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
Type 052D Destroyer Hefei (174) was commissioned on December 12 according to the PLAN.
Picture of the ceremony.
     
The commissioning ceremony was attended by the PLAN Commander Admiral Wu Shengli.

The first vessel of of the class, Kunming (hull number 172), was commissioned in March last year. 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 this year.

Hefei
was launched at the Changxing Jiangnan naval shipyard near Shanghai on July 2nd 2013. Contrary to what we published last month, Hefei joined the South Sea Fleet and no the East Sea Fleet.
     
CCTV report on the commissioning ceremony
     
At least 10 Type 052D Destroyers are expected to be built for the PLAN, most of them (80%) by Changxing Jiangnan naval shipyard near Shanghai. Recent pictures (see below) show more vessels of the class at various stages of completion.

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
 

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