China’s Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard has launched the sixth Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) vessel on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
The platform entered the water on 20 January, according to reputable online Chinese sources, corroborated with a notice from Shanghai’s Maritime Safety Administration agency that prohibited shipping in the vicinity of Hudong-Zhonghua’s facilities citing the launch of a 25,000-tonne landing craft on the day.
Its launch is the first for a PLAN ship in 2018, and comes approximately seven months after the fifth Type 071 entered the water in June 2017. The PLAN currently operates a class of four Type 071 LPDs that were commissioned between November 2007 and February 2016.
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