China’s New Destroyer In Her First Live-Firing Drill
China's People's Liberation Army Navy has conducted the first live-fire exercise of its Type 052D (NATO reporting name Luyang III class) guided missile destroyer Xining. The vessel is armed with 130mm H/PJ-38 main gun and seven-barelled 30mm H/PJ-12 close in weapon system (CIWS), both of which have been used during the exercise. At least one Yu-7 lightweight torpedo was also launched by Xining during anti-submarine warfare training. The new destroyer has also verified its coordination and cooperation with anti-submarine helicopters. Officers and sailors were drilled through fix and maintenance of vessel damage, fire control, anti-nuclear and anti-chemical warfare, and first-aid rescue.
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. (December 16, 2021) An MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), assigned to Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 (VUP-19), sits on the flight line at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Dec. 16, 2021. VUP-19, the Navy’s first Triton squadron, will continue to maintain and operate the aircraft off the East Coast to further develop the concept of operations and refine tactics, techniques, and procedures. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan T. Beard/ Released)