On July 3, China launched two Type 055 guided missile destroyers from their dry docks in Dalian, Liaoning province, the Chinese media says.
Type 055 class vessels are designed for long-range air defense, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare. This kind of warships could accompany future carrier strike groups of China, which continues to expand its carrier program.
The destroyers launched in July follow two others launched in May 2018 and June 2017 respectively. China has a total of six Type 055 guided missile destroyers in various stages of construction, which the lastest launched in March 2018.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy is going to get at least Type 055 destroyers in the coming years.