China’s first Type 075 LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) caught fire at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, according to local media.
Though the Type 075 landing helicopter dock was burnt in an accident. But I deeply believe that our navy will continue to prosper in these years. Add oil, PLA of China! pic.twitter.com/dbP9I9dh42
— 中華民族聯盟 (@zhonghuanations) April 11, 2020
Quick analysis of the burning Chinese Navy ship on social media right now:
The ship is a Type 075 LHD that was under construction. It has three distinct exit points for smoke, with heavier amounts out the back of the well deck.
There are two of this type being built. pic.twitter.com/RVc5GQUBss
— Evergreen Intel (@vcdgf555) April 11, 2020
The Type 075 is expected to be the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s newest and most powerful amphibious assault ship, China is planning three of them.
The Type 075 is roughly analogous to the United States Marine Corps’ Wasp-class amphibious assault ships, capable of supporting an amphibious assault by thousands of troops. It also has a hangar for holding up to 28 helicopters that can land at six points on its deck.
The vessels will also be able to deploy landing craft and troops, plus house command and control operations.