A ceremony for the commissioning, naming and flag-presenting of the new-type guided missile frigate "Meizhou" of the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) was held on the morning of July 30, 2013 at a naval port in Sanya in south China’s Hainan province, marking that the ship is officially commissioned to the South China Sea Fleet of the PLAN.

The "Meizhou" ship (Side Number: 584) is a new-generation light guided missile frigate independently developed by China. It integrates many types of weaponry and equipment, and features good stealth performance, great information integration, lower cost, easy operation and simple maintenance.

After its commissioning to the South China Sea Fleet of the PLAN, the guided missile frigate "Meizhou" will mainly bear the responsibilities of carrying out offshore operations, patrol and surveillance, fishing and fishery resources protection and escort, and implementing such missions as anti-submarine operations independently or with other naval strength, so as to further improve the defense forces of the PLAN.

SOURCE: peopledaily  
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