Skip to comments.China Launches First Type 075 Big Deck Amphibious Warship
Posted on 09/30/2019 10:27:07 AM PDT by robowombat
China Launches First Type 075 Big Deck Amphibious Warship
By: Xavier Vavasseur September 27, 2019 10:45 AM Updated: September 27, 2019 11:21 AM
Chinas first amphibious assault ship, a Landing Helicopter Dock known as Type 075, was launched in Shanghai on Thursday.
The Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy), the customer of the vessel, said in a statement that after a brief ceremony starting at 9:20 am at a CSSCs Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard, waters began to be pumped into a dry dock in which the ships hull was built.
Participants at the ceremony officials from the central and Shanghai governments, officers from the Central Military Commissions Equipment Development Department and the PLA Navy, executives of the State-owned conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp as well as the vessels designers and construction workers applauded as they watched the launch process, the statement said, without providing more details about the event.
According to the PLAN, the new class of ship was domestically developed and constructed. It will have a strong capability to carry out amphibious combat and other tasks.
The Chinese navy added that in the next phase, engineers will start outfitting and fine-tuning the vessels equipment and then conduct mooring tests and sea trials.
The Chinese Navy officially started in 2011 development work on the Type 075, a helicopter carrier project 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.
Comparison of similar sized big deck amphibious ships.
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.
While the Type 075 appears to slightly smaller than the U.S. Navys LHA, it is larger compared to French or Spanish/Australian LHD equivalents. It is actually pretty close in size to Italys future Trieste LHD.
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). A second vessel of the class is already under construction while a larger version is rumored to be planned.
When fully operational, the new Type 075 LHD will bolster the PLANs amphibious capabilities, which today rely on the Type 071 LPD design.
We call this a “target of opportunity.”
Taiwan take note. And everyone else with beach front property.
The defender has to be ready to repel attacks at any time, and so has to spend on their military every year.
The aggressor can afford to focus on expanding industrial capacity, and defer military spending until shortly before attacking.
China is getting ready to make a move, probably shortly after a Democrat is elected president.
like their aircraft carrier. floating one and operating one are different things.
An amphibious assume a la WW2 would not work these days. Correct me if i’m wrong.
How smooth is that thing going to be cutting through fairly heavy seas?
They aren’t building these for fun.
Watch a show this weekend about the Bismarck and how it sank the Hood in just a few minutes. 1400 souls lost. A 2000 pound German round went through the gunpowder magazine! Good night Irene!!
One of their head guys said straight up years back that China needs a war to help with the removal of 20 million young men who have no prospect of a girlfriend or wife because of the one child policy, they need to thin the herd. Those weren’t his exact words obviously, but that was the message.
You are correct about a D-Day scale amphibious assault. With modern tech, the necessary build up would be obvious. Yet the threat of an invasion could accomplish strategic concessions without a launch. Reference Sun Tzu.
Sharp tapered bow, I’d say pretty smooth.
The Hood was avenged though.
Ha! With Democrats in the WH, China doesn’t need to ‘make a move’.
They just need to make a deal!!
It takes a LOT of time, training and myriad errors to learn to properly operate a big amphib.
With a flat bottom, air ops and unrep are particularly challenging.
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