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China's navy commissions its largest destroyer

Show of strength follows reelection of Taiwan's Tsai

The Nanchang destroyer is expected to join the fleet led by China's first aircraft carrier.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- The Chinese navy commissioned its most advanced destroyer on Sunday in the port city of Qingdao, building out a fleet anchored by the nation's first aircraft carrier.

The Nanchang is the navy's first Type 055 destroyer, a 10,000-ton-class vessel featuring advanced radar and a vertical-launch system with 112 missile cells. It is among the largest destroyers in Asia.

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