The training ship Qi Jiguang, named after a general living in late Ming Dynasty and well-known in China as the commander of an armed force fighting against ancient Japanese pirates in China’s southeast coast region, is the largest and the most advanced training ship of the PLA Navy with a full loaded displacement of almost 10,000 tons.
It is Independently designed and built by China and officially joined the North China Sea Fleet on February 21, 2017.
Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) set sail in September from a military port in Dalian, a coastal city in northeast China’s Liaoning province and kicked off its maiden ocean-going voyage for port visits to Portugal, Italy, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
A total of 549 persons are aboard the training ship, including midshipmen, naval officers and sailors. Rear Admiral Yan Zhengming, president of the Dalian Naval Academy of the PLA Navy, serves as the commanding officer of the ocean-going mission.
The midshipmen come respectively from the Naval University of Engineering, Dalian Naval Academy, Naval Submarine Academy, Naval Aeronautical University, Naval Medical University and Naval School for Non-commissioned Officers. (Colombo Gazette)