China launches 'new generation' naval destroyer
China is producing warships at a rapid clip as it modernises its navy, which has been taking an increasingly prominent role among the country's armed forces. Photograph: (Reuters)
China’s Navy on Wednesday launched a 10,000-tonne domestically-built destroyer.
The warship is the first of China's new generation of destroyers, Xinhua said.
"It is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons," according to Xinhua.
The ship is the first of the new type 055 guided-missile destroyers, South China Morning Post reported.
Chinese media showed photos of the new ship covered in streamers and flags and flanked by rows of sailors.
The new destroyer will be similar in size to the 8,000-10,000 tonne Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the main type currently in use with the US Navy.
The vessel will have to undergo planned testing before it is commissioned into use.
It is expected to enter service next year, South China Morning Post reports.