China’s first amphibious assault ship was launched in Shanghai on Wednesday.
Published in CNN on Sep 26th, 2019, By Brad Lendon, CNN
The massive ship, which was floated at a shipyard in Shanghai, is the first in China’s Type 075 class of amphibious assault ships, according to the People’s Liberation Army’s English language website.
Analysts said the launch is yet another indication of the growing power of the Chinese fleet
“It highlights China’s growing maritime power projection and the expansion of its amphibious warfare ambitions and forces,” said Carl Schuster, a former United States Navy captain and Hawaii Pacific University instructor.
Amphibious assault ships — sometimes called helicopter landing docks — can be described as small aircraft carriers designed for island or coastal assaults.
China provided no details of the size and capabilities of the new ship.
But, in general, the flat-topped ships have the ability to carry dozens of aircraft — helicopters in the case of the Type 075 — along with hundreds of ground troops, their vehicles and equipment. The ships have internal docks that allow those troops to load into smaller vessels to be carried ashore.