Tuesday, December 31, 2019

China Steps Up Its Warship Building Program

China launches its sixth Type 055 destroyer as its overseas ambitions increase. Photo: Handout

SCMP: China steps up warship building programme as navy looks to extend its global reach

* Latest launches bring total number of PLA Navy ships built this year to 24
* Analysts say new ships have improved quality and capability but country is lagging behind in developing sailors’ technical skills

China is speeding up its warship building programme as its navy extends its reach to cover Beijing’s increasingly far-flung interests.

The latest warships, launched last week, were a Type 055 and a Type 052D, both guided missile destroyers built by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company in Liaoning province.

The ships – China’s sixth Type 055 and, according to mainland media its 23rd Type 052D, were among 24 launched by the PLA Navy in 2019.

At about 12,000 tonnes, the Type 055 class is China’s first guided missile destroyer equipped to hold and fire 112 missiles.

At 8,000 tonnes, the Type 052D has 64 vertical launchers. Typically, such ships require one or two years of outfitting and sea trials before they enter service.

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WNU Editor: Here is a good review on China's naval goals earlier this year .... What are China's naval goals? The West can't wait to find out (Carl Schuster, CNN).


David Winter said...

Time to negotiate with the Vietnamese to reopen Cam Ranh Bay, and the Philippines for Subic Bay. And maybe work with the Japanese to put some Aegis (Ground Bases) and THAAD installations on some of their southern islands.

Bob Huntley said...

A game of numbers.

Anonymous said...

And yet it moves

Jac said...

Well, that's just material. The beginning of the seriousness is in January 12 with the result of the Taiwan election.