China decommissions first nuclear submarine

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  1. Ash

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    BEIJING: China has decommissioned its first nuclear-powered submarine after more than 40 years of service amidst the maiden display of its fleet of atomic submarines.

    The Long March No.1's nuclear devices were properly disposed of and scientists have decontaminated the warehouse where atomic items were stored during the past 40 years, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported today.

    The submarine will be used as an exhibit after it is released from military service.

    China yesterday displayed its nuclear submarines for the first time to showcase their "excellent safety" record as part of a naval drill.

    The Long March No.1 was launched in 1970 and commissioned in the navy four years later. It is a Han Class nuclear submarine, which was produced based on technologies of the 1950s and 1960s and has short range weapons.

    With a displacement of 5,000 tons, this class is usually equipped with six torpedo tubes.

    The submarines were shown as taking part in exercises along with naval ships and helicopters.

    The manoeuvres in the west Pacific went on "despite foreign disturbance", the PLA said.

    Though the media has not revealed the number of nuclear submarines, international defence experts estimate China has eight to 10 such vessels backed by 50 to 60 diesel and electric submarines.

    The strength of Chinese naval personnel is estimated at around 2.25 lakh.

    The decision to display the atomic submarines for the first time shows China's confidence in its defence build-up and capability, a defence analyst said on TV.

    It also demonstrates the transparency of China's nuclear assets, he said.

    The nuclear triad consisting of land, air and underwater capability is an important deterrence, he added.

    China decommissions first nuclear submarine - The Economic Times
     
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    Good for China!
     
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    I wonder if they would offer it to your Northern neighbour?
     

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