The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has send its Type 052C guided-missile destroyer, Zhengzhou (151), to the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017 at the invitation of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).
The destroyer departed a naval port in Zhoushan in east China’s Zhejiang Province for Thailand on Nov. 9.
The International Fleet Review 2017, that marks the 50th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will be held in and around Pattaya Bay of Thailand from 13 to 22 November.
The Chinese destroyer and its sailors will join more than 40 warships and 10,000 naval soldiers from 30 countries in the fleet review, naval military parade and other activities.
Zhengzhou is the fourth type-052C destroyer of the PLA Navy (PLAN). It was commissioned to the Navy’s East China Sea Fleet on December 26, 2013.
The vessel has a length of 156 meters and a width of 18 meters with the full-load displacement exceeding 6,000 tons.
The destroyer can attack surface ships and submarines alone or in coordination with other naval assets. The warship is also capable of conducting long-range warning detection and regional air defense operations and can take the role of command ship in the area air defense and joint mobile operations of a fleet.