Dongdiao-class Electronic Reconnaissance Ship (AGI)
A new missile tracking ship, similar to the training ship Zhenghe, was reported building at the Qiuxin SY in Shanghai as of 1999.
In early 2000 the new Electronic Reconnaissance Ship Dongdiao [hull number 232] turned up near the Japanese Coast. On 02 March 2000 a fleet of Chinese naval vessels was activating its training exercises in a central area of the East China Sea within Japan's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Senkaku islets (or Diaoyu in Chinese) that belong to Ishigaki City in Japan's southernmost island prefecture of Okinawa. In 1999, a Chinese naval fleet lined up with newly introduced large-size vessels showed up in Japan's EEZ waters for the first time, and carried out training twice. On 05 February 2000, a patrol plane of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Air Wing 5 (headquartered at Naha) confirmed the Dongdiao 232, a Chinese missile tracking support ship, in the waters northwest of Amami Oshima Island. It was the first time the Self-Defense Forces had confirmed that ship.
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