China Launches Two Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyers (Photos)

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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.

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China Launches Two Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyers (Photos)

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China Launches Two Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyers (Photos)

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China Launches Two Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyers (Photos)

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China Launches Two Type 055 Guided Missile Destroyers (Photos)

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  • Smaug

    It’s a decent copycat of US Arleigh-Burke Destroyers, but this is one of many similar designs because of China’s internal issues. Generally ships are designed, built, commissioned, and operated from a single all-in-one naval base. This is chronic hassle because if things like spare parts and training of crews due to lack of uniformity between ships.

    • Jesus

      Why is it that every weapon Russia and China builds is supposed to be a copycat of an American counterpart in your mind?
      Type 055 has cleaner lines, is more stealthy, heavier displacement, greater range and obviously has better weapons than the Tomahawk by default.

      • Wise Gandalf

        BUT YOU? THE MINDLESS RUSSIAN CHILD wrote, ships are obsolete, stealthysm is cheating and unimportant.

        now you hails the same at chinese. at those chinese, who in 20 years will be at war with russia.

      • Smaug

        I don’t see how it could be all the things you say, and China’s behindness is the product of geographic and social issues. There is a chronic lack of accountability at every level of society. You hear of the things Chinese factories get away with when making our consumer goods? Apply that to military, police, government, traffic, environmental protection, and everything else. The reason every piece of the ship is made in one location is because in instances where several companies cooperate, like in the failed engines for the J-20, everyone cuts corners and takes second helpings.
        Before comparing this to anywhere else consider the end results inside various states.

        • Joe Kerr

          For “behindness”, try the USS Zumwalt that was towed back to port after breaking down in the Panama canal, or the multiple collisions between US warships and cargo vessels in the SC Sea. Or the 3rd world railways in the U.S. collapsing, bird poop.

          • Smaug

            You are willfully obsessing over the things you want to hear…
            But if you got back in college this might not be an issue.

        • Brother Ma

          Then it is time for the Chinese to shoot some of those leaders of the factories who cut corners. I would!

    • the Chinese Type 052D is more comparable to the Arleigh-Burke Destroyers, but the Type 055 completely surpass the Arleigh-Burke Destroyers, only lacking in ABM capabilities by a little.

    • Dylan

      Type 052D is already more comparable to the Arleigh-Burke, Burke has no ability to compare with 055. I am really tired of Copy-Cat thoughts, it can only blind yourself.

  • as

    It has enclosed radar suite ?

  • as

    I read about them and seems like they’re a level above Arleigh Burke class destroyers with finer lines. The superstructure in the middle planned to host laser weapons it seems.

  • SurfaceBook

    everyone please note , Smaug and Wise Gandalf are same person who also own Joe Dird and Velociprator account used to troll this site until they are exposed as hasbara sock puppet accounts. Also look at those account who upvoted their posts , they are one and the same group of hasbara tasked with trolling in SouthFront website.

    do not reply to these hasbara paid troll , report them as spam and down vote them.

  • Joe Kerr

    Well done China- know your enemy and be prepared. 20 years after the bombing of its embassy in Belgrade, China is ready.

    • Brother Ma

      Yes. Revenge is a dish best served cold.