posted on Jul, 21 2019 @ 05:30 PM
China has been going through a burst of naval expansion not seen since the navies of the 2nd World War. Her navy has two carriers now, the Liaoning
which just sailed past Guam and the "Shandong," an improved Kuznetsov class. She has a third carrier being built outside of Shanghai. She has
added Burke sized destroyers and new Type 055 destroyers larger than the Ticonderoga class which nearly as many VLS cells. Even with the vast
expansion, comments have often been Taiwan, etc. have little to fear because the Chinese lack a real Gator Navy.
That's no longer true. The Chinese have already 7 Type 071 LPDs that look quite similar to our San Antonio class (save the stupidity of the THEY
COPIED US). Now, the Chinese are bum rushing their LHD builds. The Type 075 is similar to the Wasp or America class.
The Chinese have two seen in docks being built. One of which is expected to be launched by year's end. There are also modules for a third waiting
for the dock to be cleared with that launch:
It has also been recently confirmed the class will, in fact, have a well deck:
There are rumors the LHDs will parallel the US LHDs in their ability to be used as Sea Control Ships and/or Light Carriers. That remains to be seen.
It should also be said, it will take some time before the Chinese have a gator navy sufficient to invade Taiwan, that time is growing shorter. Also
just because you have the ships, doesn't mean you have the skills to use them right off the bat. Real life is not an RTS game. It should also be
noted, the gator fleet is great for going off and getting into mischief besides Taiwan. In fact, I'd bet on a few interventions as a way for the
Chinese to get experience before doing their big grab on Taiwan.
At any rate, clearly, the Chinese are wildly serious about getting a real gator fleet.