BEIJING, -- China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its fourth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer at a 12 July ceremony at the Sanya/Yalong Bay base on Hainan Island.
Yinquan (pennant number 175) joins the South Sea Fleet and the same squadron as the other three Type 052D destroyers already in service.
The ship was built at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard and was launched in March 2014. The shipyard has a further five ships of the class at varying stages of construction, with the ninth yet to be launched.
A second production facility was begun in 2015 at the Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company. To date, one ship has been launched and is being fitted out in Dalian, with two others on the slipways.
The Type 052D is the PLAN's most capable fleet escort. The distinctive square, flat panel arrays for its phased-array radar are representative of its advanced sensor fit. Its 64-cell vertical launch system can support a number of missiles, notably the HHQ-9 long range surface-to-air missile, and probably also a torpedo-carrying anti-submarine missile.
The Chinese navy commissioned on 12 July its fourth Luyang III-class (Type 052D) destroyer in a ceremony at the Sanya/Yalong Bay base on Hainan Island.