Jinan - 105
051 Guided missile destroyer Jinan 20080711

Jinan (105) is a Type 051 destroyer of the People's Liberation Army Navy.

The PLAN began designing a warship armed with guided missiles in 1960 based on the Soviet Neustrashimy, with features from the Kotlin-class destroyer, but the Sino-Soviet split stopped work. Work resumed in 1965 with nine ships being ordered. Construction started in 1968, with trials beginning in 1971. The ships nominally entered service in the early 1970s, but few were fully operational before 1985; workmanship was poor due to the Cultural Revolution.

Construction of the second batch began in 1977, with the last commissioning in 1991. The second batch may have been ordered due to the Cultural Revolution disrupting development of a successor class. These ships may be designated Type 051D. The PLAN initiated an abortive modernization program for the first batch in 1982. The ships would be reconstructed with British weapons and sensors acquired from British Aerospace. The Falklands War made the prospective upgrades less impressive and cost effective, and the project was cancelled in 1984. A 1986 upgrade project using American power plants, weapons, sensors, and computers was cancelled because of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

Jinan was launched on 30 July 1970 at the Luda Shipyard in Shanghai. Commissioned on 31 December 1971.

She was decommissioned on 15 November 2007 and currently she sits at Qingdao Naval Museum, Qingdao as a museum ship.


Museum info:
Address: 8 Laiyang Road, Shinan District, Qingdao, Shadong, China
Phone: +86(532)8287-4786

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