HONG KONG, July 2 (ChinaMil) -- The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) held the commissioning, naming and flag-granting ceremony for the Huizhou frigate and the Qinzhou frigate at 10:00 on the morning of July 1, 2013 at the Stonecutters Island naval port in Hong Kong, marking that the two new-type frigates are formally commissioned.
The newly-commissioned Huizhou frigate and the Qinzhou frigate with
the hull numbers of 596 and 597 respectively are China's independently
designed, developed and produced new-generation light guided-missile
frigate integrated with many types of weapons and equipment, possessing
good stealth performance and strong electromagnetic compatibility,
according to the briefing.
The two frigates will be mainly responsible for tasks including
patrolling, defense, naval escort and operation against sea targets
after their commissioning. In addition, they will gradually replace the
guided-missile escort boats now in service, becoming the main combat
equipment of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison for maritime defense.
After the ceremony, the two frigates were open to the Hong Kong
residents for the first time and a total of 13,000 Hong Kong residents
boarded the frigates for visit.