Is China’s Type 052D destroyer drifting in Indian Ocean due to engine failure?

China’s PLANS Changsha (DDG-173), a Type 052D guided missile destroyer, broke down in Indian Ocean while en route to Baltic sea, to take part in joint China-Russia naval exercise Joint Sea 2017, reported online news outlet East Pendulum citing anonymous China military source.

Changsha, according to East Pendulum, suffered propulsion failure and is drifting since at least June 26, with replenishment ship Luomahu (Type 903 Qiandaohu-class) nearby.

Due to the incident, two other ships in the fleet, Hefei and Yuncheng frigates have continued their journey to take part in the exercises.

Changsha was commisioned on 12 August 2015 and was deployed in People’s Liberation Army Navy’s South Sea fleet.

About Type 052D:

Type 052D destroyer (NATO code name Luyang III class, or Kunming class after the lead ship) is a class of guided missile destroyers being deployed by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force.

Altogether five vessels of this class are now fitting out or under construction, four vessels are on sea trial and five vessels are active.

Despite being only halfway through the 052D production run, the PLAN has begun serial construction of the class successor, the larger and more powerful Type 055 destroyer.

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