China commissions surveillance frigate in South China Sea

China on Saturday commissioned a long range surveillance frigate to beef up its presence in the South China Sea.

Frigate Yueyang was commissioned for the South China Sea fleet of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province, May 3, 2013. [Photo: Xinhua]

The ship named Yueyang is capable of long-range surveillance, air defence and anti-submarine operations, thestate run Xinhua news agency reported.

At a ceremony held in Sanya, a port city in south China's Hainan Province, Jiang Weilie Commander of the South China Sea fleet, raised a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) flag and endorsed a naming certificate for the naval unit that received the frigate, said the media reports.

According to white-paper published by the Chinese authorities, the PLAN has been training different formations of combined task forces composed of new types of destroyers,frigates, ocean-going replenishment ships and shipborne helicopters to increase it blue-water capabilities.

China has scaled up its naval operations in South China Sea, after Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei along with Taiwan contested its claims of sovereignty over it.