Nuclear submarines on display at Chinese naval parade

April 23rd, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Qingdao (China), April 23 (Xinhua) Nuclear powered submarines were on display for the first time Thursday at China’s naval parade off the coast of Qingdao.
The parade marked the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

President Hu Jintao, who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission, was accompanied by PLA Navy Commander Admiral Wu Shengli aboard the destroyer Shijiazhuang.

The parade displayed 25 naval vessels and 31 aircraft of the PLA Navy, including the country’s nuclear submarines.

Four submarines came first in the parade. Two were nuclear-powered, the Long March 6 and the Long March 3, and two were conventionally-powered, the Great Wall 218 and the Great Wall 177.

This was the first public appearance of the PLA nuclear submarines.

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