China's navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, the Nanchang guided-missile destroyer, on 12 Jan 2020 in the port city of Qingdao, its state media reported. Launched in June 2017, its commissioning marks the navy's leap from the third generation to the fourth generation of destroyers.
Observers said the commissioning of China's first 10,000-ton-class Type 055 destroyer, which is expected to accompany aircraft carriers in battle groups, is a step forward as Beijing seeks to operate farther from its shores and punch farther into the western Pacific.
The Japan Times revealed that the warship is by far the most powerful surface combatant in China's navy, outside of its aircraft carriers.
A destroyer designed to launch anti-aircraft guided missiles.
A subset of naval warships designed for warfare on the surface of the water.
U.S. Navy plans to retire many existing surface combatants early.