Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s first Type 075 amphibious assault ship returned to Shanghai Sunday after completing her maiden sea trials.
The vessel departed Shanghai on August 5 for the 18-day maiden sea trials.
The 35,000-ton landing helicopter dock (LHD) vessel was launched at Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (HDZH)’s facility in Shanghai on September 25 last year. Since then, she was undergoing equipment outfitting while pierside at the shipyard. The vessel suffered a minor fire in April this year.
The Type 075 helicopter dock is a new generation of amphibious assault vessels and far larger than similar ships previously constructed for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy like the 25,000-ton Type 071 amphibious transport dock (LPD) ships.
The vessel 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 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.
The second vessel of the class was launched on April 22, 2020.