China launched its second amphibious ship, the Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) at the Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai on April 22nd.
The vessel is intended for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
The first-in-class amphibious vessel, which was launched 6 months ago, and is currently at fitting out stage at the shipyard. There was an incident on April 11th, which saw the ship catch fire.
According to several eyewitnesses a fire broke out this morning on the 1st PLAN Type 075 LHD, which is currently being fitted out at the Hudong shipyard in Shanghai.
It seems as if the fire was quickly put out but how it will affect the ship's schedule is not clear now. pic.twitter.com/OZCYjbRe1t
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The communist party of China in Shanghai to build the latest 075 warships. Black smoke curled up the ship. It is one of the PLA navy is building large amphibious assault ships, for the navy's largest amphibious warship, has a hangar, can carry nearly 30 helicopters. pic.twitter.com/RslXZp4n2O
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Regardless, it is notable that the first ship of the class was launched just 6 months ago, this appears to be an incredibly accelerated timeline, with Beijing focusing heavily on increasing the capabilities of the PLAN. This could be dictated by the continuous provocations by the United States in the South China Sea, as China tries to defend its interests in the region, surrounding its artificial islands.
There are also rumors that a third type 075 is also already under construction, which would make the speed at which these massive ships are built even more amazing.
The Chinese Navy officially started development work on the Type 075 in 2011. The project called for a helicopter carrier displacing more than 30,000 tonnes. Its aim is likely to increase the “vertical” amphibious assault capability with the very mountainous East Coast of Taiwan in mind.
As for its specifications, rumors speak of “36,000 tons of displacement”, “capacity of 28 helicopters”, “diesel engine with the 9,000 kW 16PC2-6B” and “four CIWS including two HQ-10 and two H/PJ-11”.
The first Type 075 was constructed in record time (this has become the norm nowadays, for Chinese shipbuilding: extremely fast construction pace that no one can match). An even larger amphibious warship is rumored to also be planned for construction.
The Type 075 LHD is designed to give the Chinese navy the ability to launch various types of helicopters to attack naval vessels, enemy ground forces or submarines. The vessels will also be able to deploy landing craft and troops, plus house command and control operations.
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