China’s state-owned media have furthered the notion that the country’s aircraft carrier fleet will feature nuclear-powered support vessels.
“China’s nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, which will definitely be built, will need nuclear-powered supply ships,” stated a 10 September report published by the China Military Online website. The report follows the display five days earlier of a design model of a nuclear-powered naval replenishment ship, which had first been shown by the 719 Research Institute of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) at an exhibition in Shanghai in December 2017.
The report, which pointed out that China’s latest 40,000 tonne Type 901 supply ships have been designed to support conventional aircraft carriers, stated: “If China’s next-generation supply ship is nuclear powered as expected, it will be the first of its kind in the world.”
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