A fire broke out in the well deck of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s first Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD) ship, on April 10.
The warship was undergoing equipment outfitting at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (HDZH)’s facility in Shanghai where it was launched on Sept. 25 last year.
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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The Type 075 helicopter dock is a new generation of amphibious assault vessels and far larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy like the 25,000-ton Type 071 amphibious transport dock (LPD) ships.
The 35,000-ton ship 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.
According to latest reports, the launch of the second vessel of the class is imminent.