The first domestic-made 10,000-ton hospital carrier, Ship 866, recently berthed at a military harbor of the East Sea Fleet after over ten days of sea voyage, formally joining a support ship detachment of the East Sea Fleet.
This marks a major breakthrough in the Chinese Navy's capacity to build maritime medical health service support, and raises the Navy's ability to accomplish diversified missions.
This large-scale hospital carrier, honored as the "lifesaving vessel" by naval officers and soldiers, features high-tech, comprehensive functions and facilities equivalent to level-three, class A hospitals.
First 10,000-ton hospital carrier delivered to navy
It is an unarmed service ship specifically used to accommodate, provide medical treatment to and transport injured patients and the deceased. It will be an important piece of medical support equipment in future naval battles.
During wartime, the carrier can be used as a "maritime field hospital" by providing early diagnosis and treatment, and some specialized treatments for the injured and ill.
In peacetime, it can serve as a permanent medical institution for medium and long range naval missions, visiting military harbors in various waters to carry out medical exchanges.
It can also play an important role in supporting local governments in emergency rescue and disaster relief, participating in international medical cooperation as well as undertaking international humanitarian aid tasks.View more information about the Ship 866, please click here. By People's Daily Online