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Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD

Fire Breaks Out On China’s First LHD 12 April, 2020

The first Chinese Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) caught fire while in the dock at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai.

Photos and video showing the ship billowing large clouds of black smoke hit Chinese social media earlier in the day.

The Type 075 (NATO reporting name Yushen-class landing helicopter assault) is a new generation of Chinese amphibious assault vessel and larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy and very similar to the U.S. Navy’s America Class landing helicopter assault ships.

The Type-075 carrier is around 895 feet (237 meters) long and 141 feet (43 meters) across.

The Type 075 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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