PLA Army's new able-laying ship starts service
(Source: China Military Online) 2015-03-27
All officers and men of the Shipping Group of the Zhoushan Garrison of the PLA Zhejiang PMC, lined in queues at the pier of a naval port of the East China Sea to welcome a new-type cable-laying ship on March 24, 2015.
ZHOUSHAN, March 27 (ChinaMil) -- All officers and men of the Shipping Group of the Zhoushan Garrison of the Zhejiang Provincial Military Command (PMC) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), dressed in their formal uniforms, lined in queues at the pier of a naval port of the East China Sea to welcome a new-type cable-laying ship on March 24, 2015.
The cable-laying ship, with a total length of 80.8 meters, a width of 14.5 meters, a full-load water displacement of 2,450 tons and a building price of 190 million yuan, will be mainly responsible for missions including the military optical cable's loading, shipping, maintenance, laying and burying in the shallow sea areas along China's coastal shelf, according to sources.
Among all the ships of the PLA Army, it is the first ship powered by electricity and equipped with the ship dynamic positioning system. It is also the Army's fourth-generation ship with the highest building price, the most sophisticated technologies and the second largest water displacement.
The ship is PLA Army's first submarine optical cable-laying ship. On the ship are mounted a dynamic positioning system and a radar and a complete set of built-in automatic fire prevention and extinguishment system. The cable-laying operations are digitalized in the ship.