Thursday, October 20, 2016

China's First Nuclear-Powered Submarine Decommissioned

Gabriel Dominguez, IHS Jane's
18 October 2016

China's first nuclear-powered submarine has been decommissioned after more than 40 years of service, Xinhua news agency quoted naval authorities as saying on 16 October.
Following a denuclearisation process the submarine was towed to a wharf belonging to the Qingdao Naval Museum, where it will become a public exhibit.
China's People's Liberation Navy (PLAN) has at least 10 nuclear-powered submarines remaining in service, according to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships .
The decommissioned boat is likely to have been one of the PLAN's three Han-class attack submarines, which are likely to be retired by the end of this decade.

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