New ship to ferry sup­plies to is­lands

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The ground force of the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army com­mis­sioned its largest ship in San­sha, Hainan prov­ince, on Nov 23, plan­ning to use it to trans­port ma­te­ri­als to is­lands in the South China Sea.

PLA Daily re­ported that the ship is a new-gen­er­a­tion lo­gis­tics sup­port ves­sel for the PLA Army. It is 90 me­ters long and has a full-load dis­place­ment of 2,700 met­ric tons, making it the largest ship in the army’s wa­ter­craft fleet, the re­port said.

The ship is ca­pa­ble of fer­ry­ing heavy-duty weapons and ac­com­mo­dat­ing a he­li­copter. It will be used to trans­port sup­plies, weapons and equip­ment to places in the South China Sea and to con­duct search-an­dres­cue oper­a­tions, the re­port said.

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