A rear admiral formerly in charge of armour and equipment for the South China Sea fleet is being probed for alleged corruption. Wang Yu, the former head of the fleet’s equipment department, offered to resign from the National People’s Congress in September because of “severe violations of party discipline” a euphemism for corruption or bribery, according to a communique posed on the website of the top legislative body’s standing committee. The NPC will open on Friday. Wang, 52, is the latest senior officer to be brought down in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft campaign in the People’s Liberation Army since he became chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission in late 2012. READ MORE: Rooting out PLA corruption is helping Xi Jinping to build his power base A native of Hubei province, Wang joined the navy in 1987 at age 23. As one of the PLA’s rare highly-educated recuit, he was once seen as a rising star and was promoted to senior engineer when he was only 27 and became a rear admiral in 2007. Wang, who took office in the equipment department in March last year. But half year later, local media reported his post was replaced by his colleague Captain Ju Xinchun. At least 14 major generals and other more senior military leaders were investigated before last year’s NPC session, which include the downfall of former PLA logistics deputy head Gu Junshan, and former Central Military Commission vice-chairmen Guo Boxiong and Xu Caihou.