Commercial satellite imagery captured on 3 May confirms that China has launched its third Type 927 acoustic surveillance ship. The 90 m-long vessel is the second one to enter the water at the Huangpu shipyard near the southern city of Guangzhou, with another one being launched about two months ago at the Wuchang Shuangliu shipyard in Wuhan.
Both Type 927 vessels built at Huangpu are visible in the 3 May satellite imagery, although only one was apparent in imagery from 12 March, lending credibility to reports posted on online forums that the latest ship was launched in early April.
The vessels have a small waterplane area, twin hull (SWATH) design that is similar in appearance and size to that of US Navy ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23).
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