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China Unveils Biggest Maritime Patrol Vessel Yet

China Unveils Biggest Maritime Patrol Vessel Yet

From: Radio Free Asia

China has put into service its largest maritime patrol vessel yet as it strengthens its “law enforcement” capabilities in the disputed South China Sea, state media say.

The Haixun 09 is 165 meters long and has a maximum displacement of 13,000 tons – significantly larger than any similar vessel deployed by rival claimants. It’s also China’s first 10,000-ton class maritime patrol vessel.

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