Sunday, 29 October 2017

New Chinese training ship in Lisbon

During our recent visit to Lisbon, I noticed a warship had been moored some distance away from Azura, but it was very difficult to make out whether or not it was a Portuguese Navy ship or a visiting foreign one.

During her departure from Lisbon, Azura sailed past the warship ... and it soon became apparent from the flag flying from her masthead that she was Chinese.

At the time I could not identify what ship it was, but since returning to the UK I have been able to. She is the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's Qi Jiguang (83), a newly commissioned Type 927 training ship.

The Qi Jiguang was commissioned on 21st February, 2017, and is attached to the Dallin Naval Academy.

Her characteristics are:
  • Displacement: 9,000+ tons
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 163.0m
    • Beam: 22.0m
    • Draft: ?
  • Propulsion: Diesel engine
  • Speed: 22.0 knots
  • Complement: 50 instructors + 400 cadets
  • Armament: 1 × 76mm H/PJ-26 gun; 2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 CIWS guns
  • Aviation facilities: She is equipped to handle a helicopter, but does not have a hanger

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