Sea Platforms

China beings work on sixth Type 055 destroyer

14 March 2018

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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