Two Chinese Type 075 landing helicopter docks declared fully operational

According to information published by Global Times on November 29, 2022, China's Type 075 amphibious assault ships Hainan and Guangxi have recently completed full-course training tests including an evaluation on the use of weaponry, enhancing the vessels' amphibious operational capabilities.
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The two vessels carried out the training test recently in a training center of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy. During the training program, a formation of the two vessels intercepted missiles from enemy aircraft and became qualified in tests of air defense, a video PLA Navy released on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo platform showed.

Since the training program started, the Guangxi has completed all the subjects of training and built up overall operational capability as an amphibious assault platform, Captain Xu Ce, skipper of the Guangxi, was quoted by China Central Television as saying.

During the program, the Hainan and the Guangxi focused on training on core capacities including multidimensional troop delivery and self-defense, and completed full-course qualification test scenarios which effectively enhanced their core operational capacities, the video showed.

The Hainan and the Guangxi are the PLA Navy's first and second Type 075 amphibious assault ships with hull numbers 31 and 32.

About the Type 075 amphibious assault ship

The Type 075 landing helicopter dock (NATO reporting name: Yushen-class landing helicopter assault) is a class of Chinese amphibious assault ships under construction by the Hudong–Zhonghua Shipbuilding company for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).

It 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 amphibious assault ship has a tonnage of 45,000 tons, which is comparable to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States.

The Type 075 is 250 meters long, 30 meters wide, and has a displacement of 40,000 tons, making it the world's third largest amphibious assault ship, second only to its U.S. counterpart. The ship can carry up to 30 helicopters, which is said to be equivalent to a medium-sized aircraft carrier.