Recently captured commercial satellite imagery shows that China has begun construction at its shipyard in Dalian of the sixth Type 055 guided-missile destroyer on order for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).
The imagery shows that the pierside assembly of the first modules for hull 6 began between 21 December 2017 and 3 January 2018. Two Type 055 hulls (3 and 4), both of which are in the late stages of assembly, are present in a neighbouring dry dock.
Hulls 1 and 2 are being built at the Jiangnan shipyard facilities near Shanghai where work on hull 5 began in November 2017.
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