New ‘carrier-killer’ delivered to fleet
The People’s Liberation Army Navy commissioned its fifth Type 052D guided missile destroyer to the North Sea Fleet. The PLA Navy said in a news release on Jan 23 that the CNS Xining, which has a hull number of 117, was delivered to a destroyer flotilla of the North Sea Fleet at a naval base in Qingdao, Shandong province. The news release said that the Xining has a stealth design and can act as a flagship for a strike group. It is capable of conducting anti-ship, anti-submarine and air defense operations, it said.