A far-sea training taskforce of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s South China Sea Fleet returned to a military port in Zhanjiang, south China’s Guangdong Province, after a 25-day voyage on Sunday morning.
The taskforce consists of the guided-missile destroyer Changsha (173), the guided-missile frigate Hengyang (568), the amphibious dock landing ship Jinggangshan (999) and the comprehensive supply ship Luomahu (964).
The four naval ships set sail from Sanya in China’s island province of Hainan and Zhanjiang respectively in early February, and conducted far-sea training in the South China Sea, East Indian Ocean and the West Pacific, covering a voyage of more than 8,000 nautical miles.
The 25-day far-sea training was a routine arrangement in the annual training schedule of the PLA Navy, involving over 20 training items including joint area air defense, joint maritime rights protection, sea and air combined assaults, close counterattacks and in-depth land strike and so on.
Changsha (173) is a Type 052D class (NATO code name Luyang III class, or Kunming class after the lead ship) guided missile destroyer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force.
The ship was launched on 28 December 2012 and was commissioned on 12 August 2015. It is assigned to the Navy’s South Sea Fleet.
Hengyang (568) is a Type 054A (NATO codename Jiangkai II) multi-role frigate of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.
It is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons. The first Type 054A frigate entered service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force in 2007.
Jinggangshan (999) is a The Type 071 class (NATO reporting name: Yuzhao) amphibious transport dock of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
The amphibious warfare ship features a vehicle deck, well-deck, landing deck and a hangar. It can carry a combination of marines, vehicles, landing craft and helicopters.
The ship was launched on 18 November 2010 and was commissioned on 30 October 2011. It is assigned to the Navy’s South Sea Fleet.
Luomahu (964) is a Type 903 Qiandaohu-class (NATO codename: Fuchi) replenishment ship of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The ship was launched on 5 June 2015 and was commissioned on 15 July 2016. It is assigned to the Navy’s South Sea Fleet.