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China will soon commission the Type 055 destroyer Xianyang.

| 2022

According to a tweet published by Louis Cheung on June 19, 2022, the People's Liberation Army Navy's Type 055 destroyer Xianyang will soon be commissioned.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Chinese Type 055 destroyer Xianyang (Picture source: Louis Cheung)

The Type 055 destroyer (NATO/OSD Renhai-class cruiser) is a class of stealth guided missile destroyers (guided-missile cruisers per NATO/OSD standard) being constructed for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy.

It is a multi-mission design; the combination of sensors and weapons suggests the main role of area air defense, with anti-submarine warfare capabilities surpassing previous Chinese surface combatants.

The ship has a length of 180 m (590 ft 7 in), a beam of 20 m (65 ft 7 in), and a draught of 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in). She can reach a top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).

Propulsive power is generated by four 28 MW QC-280 gas turbines in combined gas and gas arrangement. Additional power may be provided by six 5 MW QD-50 gas turbines. The maximum speed is estimated to be 30 knots.

The primary armament is missiles carried in 112-cell vertical launching system (VLS); 64 cells forward and 48 cells aft. Type 055 is expected to carry HHQ-9 surface-to-air missiles, YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missiles, CJ-10 land-attack cruise missiles, and missile-launched anti-submarine torpedoes upon entering service.

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