Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory

Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory 26 August, 2019

Since 2012, China has been working to improve the amphibious capabilities of amphibious assault ships. Accordingly, recent photos reveal the construction of China’s largest amphibious assault ship is progressing. Photos taken from surrounding buildings and within China State Shipbuilding Corporation’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard. Given the pace of construction, the ship is expected to launch this year. It’s unknown how many Type 075s China plans to eventually operate, although some reports suggested at least three such ships will be built.

The size of the vessel's well decks is reportedly roughly comparable to the US Navy's Wasp Class LHDs, which are 81 metres long by 15 metres wide. The Chinese ship will feature a large flight deck capable of handling five to six large transport helicopters taking off and preparing for flight simultaneously. It will also have parking and hangar space for more helicopters. Once in service with the People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, the Type 075 — which is expected to displace between 35,000 and 40,000 tons — will represent boost to the service’s amphibious capabilities. The Type 075s will also support the PLAN's aircraft carrier capabilities.

Largest LHD of the Navy will Enter the Inventory

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