China Welcomed Type 075 Amphibious Assault Ship

China’s first amphibious assault ship was launched in Shanghai on Wednesday (Sep 25), coming closer to the completion of its construction project.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy said in a statement that after a brief ceremony starting at 9:20 am, waters began to be pumped into a dry dock in which the ship’s hull was built.

Participants at the ceremony – officials from the central and Shanghai governments, officers from the Central Military Commission’s Equipment Development Department and the PLA Navy, executives of the State-owned conglomerate China State Shipbuilding Corp as well as the vessel’s designers and construction workers – applauded as they watched the launch process, the statement said, without providing more details about the event.

In shipbuilding terminology, launch refers to the process during which a nearly-finished ship is moved into water. It is one of the most important stages in a ship’s construction because once a ship is launched, it means that its major structures have been readied and major work of the entire construction project has been done.

The ship was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, a major shipbuilder under China State Shipbuilding Corp., According to the Chinese Navy, the new ship, whose name remains unknown as the Chinese military usually makes public a warship’s name at its commissioning ceremony, was domestically developed and constructed. It will have a strong capability to carry out amphibious combat and other tasks.

The Navy added that in the next phase, engineers will start outfitting and fine-tuning the vessel’s equipment and then conduct mooring tests and sea trials.

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