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Qinghai Hu AO 885 [ex-Nancang]
Underway Replenishment Ship (AOR)

In 1992 China purchased the new underway replenishment ship (AOR) Vladimir Peregudov, then renamed, Nancang. Delivered in 1993, it was the most modern AOR in the PLA Navy, and the principal AOR used by the PLA Navy in its world-wide program of naval diplomacy. But the ship's speed is only 16, it is difficult to follow in the true sense Fleet replenishment operations.

Chinese Navy 885 offshore supply ship named "Qinghai Lake" is China's navy was for many years the largest modernized ocean-going ship. Service on behalf of the Chinese navy visited more than 10 countries and achieved many honors in the implementation of the training mission.

The PLA(N) Shenzhen (DDG 167) and oiler PLA(N) Qinghai Hu (AO 885) maked the Chinese Navy's first-ever naval port call to the Guam in 2003. At the invitation of the US Navy, a naval fleet of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), composed of a "Shenzhen" missile destroyer and a "Qinghai Lake" comprehensive supply ship, paid a four-day visit to US military base of Guam in the Pacific, from October 22 to 25. Just one month before the event, two US warships visited the Zhanjiang Port, an important base of the Chinese navy.

The 10th naval escort taskforce of the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) arrived at Sattahip, Thailand on 21 April 2012 for a five-day-long goodwill visit. The "Haikou" warship, "Yuncheng" warship, and "Qinghai Lake" supply ship of the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce slowly docked at the port of Sattahip at 10:00 in the morning. The Thai Navy held a solemn and warm welcoming ceremony for the Chinese naval escort taskforce. With music played by the Thai naval band, representatives of the Thai naval base, staff of the Chinese Embassy in Thailand, representatives of the China-funded Chamber of Commerce and oversea Chinese gathered at the pier to welcome the arriving fleet. Prior to this, the 10th Chinese naval escort taskforce had completed its escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somalia coast, and made a goodwill visit to the Republic of Mozambique. It was also the first time for the Chinese naval escort taskforces to visit the Republic of Mozambique.

After 13 days and nights of continuous sailing, the 13th naval escort taskforce under the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) successfully arrived in the eastern waters of the Gulf of Aden at 04:00 on November 21, 2012, local time. The pirate activity is expected to be more rampant due to the relatively sound sea conditions in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast in the next six months, according to the command post of the escort taskforce. Moreover, the pirates have mastered a series of “tactics” and extended their active period from daylight into dawn and dusk, even into the night. The 13th Chinese naval escort taskforce, composed of the “Huangshan” guided missile frigate, the “Hengyang” guided missile frigate and the “Qinghai Lake” comprehensive supply ship, set out from a military port in Zhanjiang of south China’s Guangdong province on November 9, 2012.

Qinghai Hu (Lake Kokonor) is the largest inland saltwater lake of China, in northwest China's Qinghai Province. Perched at 3,200m above sea level and sandwiched between the Hainan and Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures, lies Qinghai Lake (Qinghai hu). This huge expanse of deep, salty liquid receives its name, literally Blue Sea Lake, from the vastness of its azure waters. It is the largest salt water lake in China, with a circumference of 360km and a surface area of over 4,500km squared. In ancient times the lake was known as the Western Sea, and in Tibetan it is known as Koko Nor. The lake has a number of attractions that draw travellers in this region in. Ornithologists, campers, hikers, botanists, swimmers, sailors, fishermen, loners and nomads all find areas of interest around the lake. The beauty here lies in its salty vastness and the remote peace that it instills.



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