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Type 055 Cruiser

The Type 055 building plan is necessarily speculative. As of early 2017 China had four units under construction at two yards. In the United States, the nearest counterpart would be the somewhat smaller DDG-51 Arleigh Burke, which was also built at two yards, initially at a rate of four per year, and more recently at a rate of two per year. There is no particular reason to doubt that China could match this pace.

The speed of China's ship-building of the Type 052D destroyer produced from 2012 to 2017 there have been 13 built, an average of 4 per per year. Certainly, the blistering building pace of the [much smaller] Jiangdao Type-056 Corvette provides some fore-shadowing - produced at such a rate they were nick-named "dumplings" [echoing Khrushchev's remark that Soviet missiles were being produced like sausages].

Wang Yunfei, a naval expert and retired People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy officer, told the Global Times on 19 December 2018 that after gaining experience from the first batch of Type 055s, China will develop upgraded versions. Considering China needs to have about six aircraft carriers and multiple amphibious assault ships in the future, China is looking to have at least 10 Type 055s to form battle groups and escort these vessels. The basis for this calculation is obscure. It suggests that China might have ten battle groups [six carrier, four amphibious], each with one Type 055 escort. Typically the US Navy would have about three ships of this class [CG and DDG] escoring each aircraft carrier, and two such ships sailing with each amphibious group. This suggests a total program objective of about 30 Type 055 escorts. But US Navy practice normally has one Ticondaroga air defence cruiser and two Arleigh Burke destroyers escorting an aircraft carrier, so the goal 10 Type 055 seems not un-reasonable.

Ship List
# Name Yard Laid
Down
Launch Comm Notes
Flight 1
#101 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing late 2014 28 Jun
2017
mid
2019
#102 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ? 2015 28 Apr
2018
2016: building
#103 TBD Dalian ? 2016 03 Jul
2018
?
2019
2017: building
#104 TBD Dalian ? 2016 03 Jul
2018
?
2019
2017: building
Flight 2 - Type 055B
#201 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2017
?
2018
?
2019
2019 : 4 more building
#202 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2017
?
2018
?
2019
2019 : 4 more building
#203 TBD Dalian ?
2018
?
2019
?
2020
2019 : 4 more building
#204 TBD Dalian ?
2018
?
2019
?
2020
2019 : 4 more building
#205 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2018
?
2019
?
2020
#206 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2018
?
2019
?
2020
2018 : 10 total
Flight 3 - Type 055C
#301 TBD Dalian ?
2019
?
2020
?
2021
#302 TBD Dalian ?
2019
?
2020
?
2021
#303 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2019
?
2020
?
2021
#304 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2019
?
2020
?
2021
#305 TBD Dalian ?
2020
?
2021
?
2022
#306 TBD Dalian ?
2020
?
2021
?
2022
#307 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2020
?
2021
?
2022
#308 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2020
?
2021
?
2022
#309 TBD Dalian ?
2021
?
2022
?
2023
#310 TBD Dalian ?
2021
?
2022
?
2023
#311 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2021
?
2022
?
2023
#312 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2021
?
2022
?
2023
#313 TBD Dalian ?
2022
?
2023
?
2024
#314 TBD Dalian ?
2022
?
2023
?
2024
#315 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2022
?
2023
?
2024
#316 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2022
?
2023
?
2024
#317 TBD Dalian ?
2023
?
2024
?
2025
#318 TBD Dalian ?
2023
?
2024
?
2025
#319 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2023
?
2024
?
2025
#320 TBD JNCX Jiangnan Changxing ?
2023
?
2024
?
2025



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