China retires 4 guided-missile destroyers

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy of China has decommissioned four guided-missile destroyers on May 16 during a grand retirement ceremony Lyushun, Liaoning Province, China.

The decommissioned destroyers Kaifeng (Hull 109), Dalian (Hull 110), Zunyi (Hull 134) and Guilin (Hull 164) were part of PLA Northern Theater Command.

“All of the four destroyers had been in service for more than 30 years, leaving footprints in the vast territorial waters of China,” Chinese Military Online said in a report.

“Over decades, they had effectively fulfilled their sacred duties to safeguard China’s national unity and maritime rights and interests, and made outstanding contributions to the modernization of the Chinese Navy,” Chinese Military Online noted.

It added that said model of missile destroyers is the first-generation large and medium-sized warship independently designed and built by China.