China Commissioned the 2nd Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) with PLAN South Sea Fleet

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China Commissioned the 2nd Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) with PLAN South Sea Fleet
 
According to the official journal of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yangsha (hull number 173), was just commissioned on August 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
     
According to the official journal of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) destroyer Yangsha (hull number 173), was just commissioned on Agust 12 with China's South Sea Fleet. The vessel is now homeported at Yulin Naval Base located in the Yalong Bay (city of Sanya) on Hainan island.
Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) was commissioned on August 12 according to the official PLAN journal. Picture of the ceremony.

     
Changsha is the second Type 052D Destroyer to join the PLAN. It was launched just four months after head of the class Kunming (172) but was commissioned much later (Kunming was commissioned in March last year as we reported).

This could indicate that follow on ships of the class, starting with Changsha, have and will receive some modifications compared to head of class Kunming.
     
     
Recent chinese spotter pictures (August 2015) showing Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) cruising out of her homeport: Yalong Bay on Hainan island.
Recent chinese spotter pictures (August 2015) showing
Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) cruising out of her homeport: Yalong Bay on Hainan island.
     
During Kunming commissioning, PLAN commander Wu Shengli said that: "weaponry and equipment are vital to the building of a strong navy and the Kunming warship will greatly enhance the navy's fighting capacity."

The Type 052D Kunming class (Nato designation: Luyang III) is the latest generation of guided-missile destroyer (DDG) of the Chinese Navy. It is based on its predecessor, the Type 052C DDG and likely shares the same hull. However the Type 052D incorporates many improvements in terms of design as well as sensors and weapons fit. This new class of vessel is considered as the Chinese equivalent to the American AEGIS destroyers.

Link to Type 052D Kunming Class Destroyer technical datasheet
     
Recent picture (July 2015) showing 3x Type 052D and 2x Type 052C Destroyers moored at Yulin Naval Base on Hainan island. The red arrows point at the HQ-10 type missile based CIWS (similar to RAM) fitted on Type 052D, while the yellow arrows point to the H/PJ-12 canon based CIWS fitted on Type 052C.Recent picture (July 2015) showing 3x Type 052D and 2x Type 052C Destroyers moored at Yulin Naval Base on Hainan island. The red arrows point at the HQ-10 type missile based CIWS (similar to RAM) fitted on Type 052D, while the yellow arrows point to the H/PJ-12 canon based CIWS fitted on Type 052C.
     
Recent picture showing Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) left, Type 052C Destroyer Haikou (171) and a second Type 052C Destroyer (likely head of class Lanzhou [170]) moored at Yulin Naval Base.Recent picture showing Type 052D Destroyer Changsha (173) left, Type 052C Destroyer Haikou (171) and a second Type 052C Destroyer (likely head of class Lanzhou [170]) moored at Yulin Naval Base.
 

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