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China's Type 055 (Renhai) destroyer ("cruiser")

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Not sure. Without the tonal marks,  it is impossible to tell the characters. The photos of the launch are out. Massive ship, plenty of new antennas for systems which we have not seen before. At 180m in length with a probable displacement well in excess of 10,000 tons, this is a cruiser type vessel.

SCMP: Asia’s biggest, most advanced warship finally launches as China strengthens naval presence

--- Quote ---China launched what it calls the most advanced and largest warship in Asia on Wednesday, billing it as a major step forward in the modernisation of its navy, the official military newspaper said.

The first of the new type 055 guided-missile destroyers, which has a displacement of more than 10,000 tons and was built at the Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai, is equipped with air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, the PLA Daily reported.

The new destroyer will be similar in size to the 8,000-10,000 tonne Arleigh Burke class destroyers, the main type currently in use with the US Navy.

Previously, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s most advanced destroyer was the type 052D, a 7,500-tonne vessel.

The new ship will undergo equipment and sea testing, and is expected to enter service next year.

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--- Quote ---The state-run Global Times newspaper said the ship was believed to be the first Type 055 destroyer, which is considered to be a successor class to the smaller Type 052D guided missile destroyers.

China is still producing the latter and commissioned one, the Xining, in January.

Chinese media showed photos of the new ship covered in streamers and flags and flanked by rows of sailors. The vessel will have to undergo planned testing before it is commissioned into use.
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China's new type of domestically-built destroyer, a 10,000-tonne warship, is seen during its launching ceremony at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, China June 28, 2017. Reuters/China Stringer Network

Photos taken from Navy Recognition via HSH

Detailed view of the integrated mast aboard Type 055

Detailed view 64x forward VLS, H/PJ-38 main gun and H/PJ-11 CIWS fitted aboard Type 055

Detailed view 64x forward VLS, H/PJ-38 main gun and H/PJ-11 CIWS fitted aboard Type 055

Navy Recognition

--- Quote ---Type 055: A destroyer according to the PLAN
It should be noted that NATO has already classified Type 055 in the category of cruiser (CG). The classification of the vessel defined by the Chinese Navy is clear and unambiguous however: A destroyer, and that is how it should be considered.

In addition to protecting the country's interests against all malicious acts, the other main role of the Type 055 is to escort PLAN carrier strike groups (CSG) that are used to project force, now limited to one with aircraft carrier Liaoning, But it will soon be expanded with the arrival of a new STOBAR carrier and also a conventional CATOBAR carrier in the next 10 years.

Due to its relatively high cost - 6 times that of LPD Type 071 of 20,000 tonnes - and also in relation to its current missions, the number of Type 055 should not exceed that of Type 052D. 26x Type 052D have reportedly been ordered.

Apart from the first Type 055 which was launched this week, there is another vessel under construction in Shanghai and two more in Dalian. All four should be delivered to the Chinese Navy before the end of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).

Knowing that according to the PLAN standards, all equipment chosen in a new vessel project must be available (therefore fully developed at the time of vessel launch), what we see today aboard the first four Type 055s should is likely to represent the level of maturity achieved at least three years ago.

It is therefore more than likely that the Type 055 platform will continue to evolve, perhaps starting with on-board propulsion and energy management. For now, Type 055 is fitted with a classic combined gas turbine and gas turbine (COGAG) type of propulsion system with 4 gas turbines and no integrated electrical management system.
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China launches second Type 055 destroyer | Janes - 30 April 2018

--- Quote ---Photographs posted on Chinese online forums indicate that a second Type 055 destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was launched on 28 April at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard in Shanghai.
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Recently published images indicate that China launched its second Type 055 destroyer on 28 April at the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard in Shanghai. (Via


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