Today Tuesday 23rd April, 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy of which it was celebrated with a large naval parade in the western port of Qingdao, showing off new military hardware that it hopes will bolster its global reach.
568 PLAN HENGYANG leaving Grand Harbour, Malta back to 30th March, 2013.
The parade featured 39 aircraft and 32 ships, including the LIAONING aircraft carrier and the NANCHANG, the first of a new generation of Chinese made guided missile destroyers (Type 055) . The first domestically produced aircraft carrier known only as Type 001A was absent as she was during sea trials.
570 PLAN HUANGSHAN leaving Grand Harbour, Malta back to 30th March, 2013.
Beijing has invited more than 10 countries to take part in a fleet review of which eighteen warships from India, Japan, Vietnam, Australia and nine other countries also took part in the parade.
885 PLAN QINGHAIHU leaving Grand Harbour, Malta back to 30th March, 2013.
137 PLAN FUZHOU approaching Grand Harbour, Malta back to 19th December, 2000.
Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos – www.maltashipphotos.com