A new guided-missile frigate joined the East China Sea Fleet of the PLA Navy on Aug. 11. The commissioning ceremony was held at a naval port in Zhoushan, east China's Zhejiang Province on Thursday morning for the new frigate Huai'an (Hull No. 509).
The guided-missile frigate Xiangtan of the 23rd Chinese naval escort taskforce wrapped up its missions in Kiel, Germany, and left Kiel for the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somalia on the noon of June 21.
China's Ministry of National Defense held a special press conference in Beijing on February 1, 2016, at which the Defense Spokesperson Yang Yujun answered journalists' questions about the adjustment and establishment of the theater commands.