Chinese PLA Navy to Retire Its Last Type 051 Destroyer Zhuhai

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy is about to retire its last Type 051 guided-missile destroyer Zhuhai (166), the military said.

The destroyer Zhuhai (166) was commissioned to the South China Sea Fleet under the PLA Navy in 1992. The vessel is a Type 051G2 (NATO reporting name: Luda III-class) destroyer with a length of 128.6m, a width of 12.8m, and a draft of 4.6m. The ship’s standard displacement is 3,250t, and full-load displacement 3,670t.

A starboard side view of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Type 051 Luda III class destroyer Zhuhai (166).

As a diplomatic flagship of the PLA Navy, destroyer Zhuhai undertook many foreign visit missions in the 1990s and therefore became a flagship destroyer of frequent occurrence at that time.

In August 1995, destroyer Zhuhai visited Indonesia to participate in the Indonesian International Fleet Review (IFR); from February 20 to May 28, 1997, a fleet composed of guided-missile destroyers Zhuhai and Harbin (112) visited the United States, Chile, Peru, Mexico and other South American countries, and then came to Australia, completing the first round-the-world voyage since the establishment of the PLA Navy.

The destroyer scheduled to settle down in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province of China. At present, the designated receiving unit is arranging for its handover and applying for a provincial themed patriotism education base for it.

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