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680 type AX Qi Jiguang training ship

A new training ship joined the PLA Navy on 21 February 2017 with the commissioning and naming ceremony held at a naval port Dalian in northeast Chinas Liaoning province. Named after China's Ming Dynasty national hero Qi Jiguang, Qi Jiguang is the largest professional training ship with the highest tonnage and the highest level of modernization. The full displacement is nearly 10,000 tons, there are many cabins, there are more than 500 beds and nearly 10,000 nautical miles of endurance. as Chinas overseas interests expand, more and more Chinese people go abroad. However, the world is not peaceful. In many areas, the lives and property of Chinese overseas Chinese may face threats of unrest, and the task of overseas evacuation is increasingly prominent.

Before the service of the "Ji Jiguang" ship, there were two training ships on the mainland. The first was the "Zhenghe" (ship number 81), which was commissioned in 1987, and the second was the "Deng Shichang" (in 1998). No. 82). During the 30 years of service of "Zheng He Ship", the mainland navy developed rapidly, and many new equipment put into use in the new period were not installed on the veteran of "Zheng He Ship". Obviously, it has not been able to meet the needs of the mainland navy. The successor of the cradle of the mainland naval vessel officer, "Ji Jiguang" took over the responsibility of cultivating the navy.

The training ship is equivalent to the internship unit before the official officers of the navy. The 680-type training ship is independently developed and built by China, and the representative ship is the "Ji Jiguang". The whole ship is 163 meters long and 22 meters wide. It has a full displacement of more than 9,000 tons and a maximum speed of 22 knots. It can meet the requirements of 12 winds. It is the largest professional training ship with the highest tonnage and the highest level of modernization.

The ship has advanced equipment, complete functions and superior performance. It is equipped with multiple sets of teaching equipment independently developed by China and reaching the world advanced level. It can guarantee more than 400 naval students or officers and men to complete near- and far-sea internship tasks such as navigation business, ship navigation and manipulation, and common ship subjects. They can also undertake non-war military operations such as overseas visits, overseas evacuation, and major natural disaster relief.

The new oceangoing training ship has been named Qi Jiguang after an ancient Chinese national hero Qi Jiguang (1528--1588) in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), who is known in the Chinese history for dedicating more than ten years of his life to leading Ming forces to defend China's eastern and southeastern coastal regions from raids by Japanese pirates. The training ship Qi Jiguang has been assigned to the Dalian Naval Academy.

The ship is 163 meters long and 22 meters wide, with a full loaded displacement of 9,000 tons and maximum speed of 22 knots (1 knot equals to 1 nautical mile/hr). It can resist hurricanes. Independently designed and built by China, it is the largest and the most advanced training ship of the Chinese navy.

The ship is designed to be capable of embarking 400 junior officers for training, with up to 50 training staff. The ship is lightly armed with a 76 mm single barrelled H/PJ-26 mounting on the fo'c's'le and two 30 mm H/PJ-17 guns installed forward of the bridge. The ship has a large flight deck but no hangar.

On the training ship, 400-plus midshipmen or sailors are able to conduct offshore and open sea internship practice on the subjects of nautical service, ship navigating and handing as well as other naval training items. Though the network-based facilities on the ship, midshipmen can conduct virtual maritime exercises.

Vice Admiral Tian Zhong, deputy commander of the PLA Navy, attended the ceremony. He presented the ensigns of the PLA and the PLA Navy and the naming certificate to the new training ship. At the commissioning ceremony, Rear Admiral Yan Zhengming, superintendent of the Dalian Naval Academy, announced the order of conferring the name of Qi jiguang and the pennant number of "83" to the ship.

Chinese naval training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83), which was carrying out an ocean-going training and visit mission, left Suva Port after successful completing the friendly visit on the morning of 08 November 2019. Qi Jiguang ship successfully completed the mission of this voyage and embarked on a home-bound journey. During the four-day friendly visit, the Fijian President Jioji Konrote, Prime Minister Mbani Marama, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, representatives of Fijian military and overseas Chinese , and local people boarded ship Qi Jiguang for a tour. During the visit, Chinese officers and soldiers made a courtesy call on RFNS Kacau, a hydrographic survey vessel donated by China to Fiji at a local naval base. They also carried out friendly sports games with their Fijian counterparts.

The Fijian Prime Minister Mbani Marama, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Viliame Naupoto also attended the deck reception held on the Chinese naval vessel later. Many local media and press including FBC, Fiji Sun and The Fiji Times reported the visit by ship Qi Jiguang.

Qijiguang Ship is still a small maritime hospital. The ship is equipped with X-ray room, operating room, anesthesia room and other perfect medical compartments and equipment. It can not only respond to emergency treatment of common diseases at sea, but also perform common surgical operations. It can play a certain role in marine disaster relief and overseas medical assistance.

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