China Launches Second Type 075 Amphibious Assault Ship

China has launched its second Type 075 amphibious assault ship at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (HDZH)’s facility in Shanghai on April 22.

The 35,000-ton landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship will now undergo equipment outfitting before conducting mooring tests and sea trials.

Second Type 075 LHD Launch
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s second Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship during her launch on April 22, 2020. Source: Chinese Internet.

The Type 075 helicopter dock is a new generation of amphibious assault vessels and far larger than similar ships previously constructed for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy like the 25,000-ton Type 071 amphibious transport dock (LPD) ships.

The vessel has a full-length flight deck for helicopter operations and features a floodable well deck from which to disembark hovercraft and armored amphibious assault vehicles

The Type 075 would give the Chinese Navy the ability to deploy helicopters, landing craft, and troops to attack enemy naval vessels, ground forces, or submarines. The vessels will also be capable of conducting command and control operations.

The first vessel of the class was launched at HDZH on Sept. 25 last year. A fire broke out in the well deck of this vessel on April 10.

The fire was reportedly put out quickly, but the exact damage on the warship is unclear. It is also currently not known whether the incident will affect the schedule. The next major milestone for the vessel is the sea trials.

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