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PLA Navy commissions Type 075 new amphibious assault ship

According to information published by Global Times on April 24, 2021, the Hainan placed in active service on Friday at a naval port in southern China’s Hainan Province. A video posted this weekend also shows Hainan 31 amphibious assault ship during drills.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Type 075 Hainan 31 new amphibious assault ship (Picture source: CCTV)

The Type 075 landing helicopter dock (Yushen-class landing helicopter assault) is a class of Chinese amphibious assault ship under construction by the Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding company.

The Type 075 helicopter dock is a new generation of amphibious assault vessel and far larger than similar ships previously constructed for the PLA Navy. The Type 075 would give the Chinese navy the ability to launch various types of helicopters to attack naval vessels, enemy ground forces or submarines. The vessels will also be able to deploy landing craft and troops, plus house command and control operations.

The Type 075 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.

About China’s Type 075 LHD:

China has already launched two Type 075 amphibious assault ships, one in September 2019 and the other in April 2020. They are undergoing outfitting work at the Shanghai-based Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard.

As for its specifications, the ship will have a displacement of 36,000 tons, a capacity of 30 helicopters, diesel engine with the 9,000 kW 16PC2-6B and four CIWS including two HHQ-10 and two H/PJ-11.

In term of size and tonnage, Type 075 class is estimated to be larger than the Australian Canberra class or French Mistral-class and second only to the U.S. Navy's Wasp-class and America class on the world stage.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Type 075 compared to similar vessels. (Picture source: Chinese Internet/Weibo)