- China is expanding support infrastructure at Yulin Naval Base on Hainan Island
- The new facilities could support long-term operations of an aircraft carrier
Commercial satellite imagery captured on 19 November shows that China is expanding support infrastructure at the Yulin Naval Base on the country’s southern Hainan Island. The ongoing construction work appears to be tailored to the operation and maintenance of large surface combatants.
Of note is the construction of an apparent dry dock suitable in size to berth not only China’s second aircraft carrier but also smaller surface combatants and/or submarines. A dry dock in the area would eliminate the need for the carrier to return to Dalian or use closer commercial facilities for underwater repair or maintenance work.
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