Chinese "Changxing Island" submarine support ship in Colombo Port of Sri Lanka
BEIJING, September 24 (ChinaMil) -- The Sri Lanka News website reported on September 19, 2014 that a Chinese Navy type-039 (Codenamed "Song" class by the NATO) conventional submarine recently visited Colombo of Sri Lanka, along with the "Changxing Island" submarine support ship of the North China Sea Fleet under the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
It is reported that the Chinese Navy type-039 submarine “Great Wall No.329” and the submarine support ship “Changxing Island” visited Colombo from September 7 to September 14. They docked at the pier of Colombo International Container Terminals (CICT), which was built by China with an investment of US$500 million.
Sources from the Sri Lanka Navy said that Chinese naval fleet will visit Colombo in October and November.
It is also reported that the type-039 conventional submarines (Codenamed "Song" class by the NATO) is the second-generation conventional submarines independently designed and built by China.
The type-039 submarines integrated new concepts of conventional submarines of Western countries with extensive use of new energy, automation equipment, advanced sonar system and new weapons.
Although the Chinese Navy has equipped with Kilo-class, type-039A and type-039B conventional submarines in recent years, the type-039 submarines remain an important part of China's naval submarine forces.
Moreover, it is said that this is the first time for the Chinese Navy to send submarine to visit foreign country, and also the first time for the Chinese conventional submarine to be confirmed appearance in the Indian Ocean.
India's largest English-language magazine India Today reported in March this year that PLA Navy’s type-093 attack nuclear submarine held a two-month-long voyage deployment in the Indian Ocean, starting from December 13, 2013 and ended on February 12, 2014.
It is said the Foreign Affairs Office of China’s Ministry of National Defense informed Indian military attaches to China of the submarine deployment to show "respect for India" on December 3 last year. The Ministry of National Defense of China also notified this deployment to five countries including the United States, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan and Russia.