The Lanzhou (兰州) is a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Space Force (PLASF) space research vessel commanded by Captain Lì Dōng’ān (里东安)
In July 2116, while en route to rendezvous with the comet 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR, the Lanzhou was transported to Kro’ath space together with the USAF Cleveland. Aware of the unstable nature and paranoid anti-Chinese sentiments of the Cleveland commanding officer, LtCol Gregory Frost, Captain Lì decided to avoid any contact with the American vessel. It was only when the Nightstalker arrived to rescue the Cleveland that their otherwise hopeless situation was unexpectedly resolved.
The Lanzhou is equipped for biological research on objects in deep space. It carries a crew of four and advanced laboratory space for five scientists. Its sensor suite is versatile and sensitive enough to be used in an intelligence-gathering capacity as well, although the PLASF has always strongly denied that any of its research vessels are ever used for such purposes.