Two more Type 055 de­stroy­ers launched

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China launched on July 3 two Type 055 guided-mis­sile de­stroy­ers, widely con­sid­ered Asia’s big­gest and might­i­est such com­bat ship, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses out­side a ship­yard in Dalian, Liaon­ing province. Weapons en­thu­si­asts pub­lished photos taken near Dalian Ship­build­ing In­dus­try, which has built two air­craft car­ri­ers, on in­ter­net mil­i­tary fo­rums. They also de­scribed what they saw of the two gi­ant ships’ launches. When ships are moved into the wa­ter, their con­struc­tion is ba­si­cally fin­ished. It is re­garded as the most im­por­tant step be­fore sea tri­als. Wa­ter started to be pumped into dry docks where the ves­sels were built around 7 am, be­fore the docks’ gates were opened, wit­nesses said.

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