CHINA-PLAN: NEW DESTROYER

Quoting the official news agency Xinhua, the state-owned China Daily on January 6, 2018 reported that a new 10,000- metric ton Chinese-built naval destroyer entered the water in June and is now being outfitted. The destroyer is being outfitted at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai where workers are installing conduits and cables. The PLA Daily said Zhou Xin, a military representative stationed in the shipyard to oversee the building of the warship, said "Putting the ship in the water is nothing more than building a roughcast house, while outfitting the vessel is like decorating the house." The destroyer will be equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The PLA Daily said designers changed the original plan for helicopters on the warship, increasing the height of the cabins to improve the passing efficiency. A new welding technique was also used in building the outer hull, which was made of a new material. To provide a more comfortable environment for soldiers on the ship, workers used new materials to protect against shock and noise and increased ventilation in the destroyer's living cabins. The vessel will have to undergo testing, including equipment operation, berthing and sailing, before it is commissioned for use.







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