Popular Science: China's Largest Surface Warship Takes Shape
The first Type 055 destroyer is getting ready for launch next year
In the Jiangnan Changxing shipyards, one of China's largest shipyards, the next generation of Chinese warships is taking shape. The first Type 055 destroyer began construction in 2015 and is expected to have a full displacement of over 14,000 tons. This would make it the largest non-capital surface warship built in Asia since the World War II era Imperial Japanese Tone class cruisers. The Type 055 will be launched in late 2017 or early 2018, making it not just one of the most powerful warships in Asia, but the world.
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WNU Editor: China wants a navy that has the necessary fire power to travel to any part of the world and make a difference .... this looks like one of their ships that will make it happen.