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Type 055 Cruiser

The Type 055 building plan is necessarily speculative. After launch, a destroyer or cruier will usually take about a year to undergo outfitting procedures to install all kinds of additional equipment to get the ship ready to sail and make it combat-capable. Another year might be needed for it to conduct sea trials to see if everything works properly and make the necessary adjustments.

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 Arleigh Burke class will reach a steady state cadence, with new builds replacing retiring units, around the year 2026, with a total production of 84 vessels.

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.

The Nanchang, China's first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, will soon be put into commission in the People's Liberation Army Navy, a spokesperson said at a press conference 25 April 2019. The 10,000 tonne-class destroyer had already undergone construction and most of the sea trials, according to Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson with the Ministry of National Defense. It officially debuted at the multinational naval parade in celebration of the Chinese navy's 70th founding anniversary 23 April 2019. In terms of future Chinese destroyer development, Upolitics reported in April 2019 that three more Type 055 destroyers had been launched and a total of eight were being planned for the first batch.

Just to keep things interesting, it soon became apparent that the hull numbers were not in chronological sequence. The Pennant Numbers are not painted on during construction or trials as the South Sea Fleet has a tradition to paint the number at the vessel's home port, not in the shipyard. Initial and early reports on ship names have also proven fairly unreliable.

Ship List
# Name Yard Laid
Down
Launch Comm Notes
Flight 1
#101 Nanchang JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
Dec
2014
28 Jun
2017
12 Jan
2020
#102 Lhasa JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2015
28 Apr
2018
25 Dec
2020
10 Mar
2021
2016: building
2020: completing trials
#105 Dalian
Yan'an / Nanning
Dalian ?
2016
03 Jul
2018
23 Apr
2021
2016: building
2021: building
2022 : building
#103 Anshan
Zunyi / Taipei
Dalian ?
2016
03 Jul
2018
11 Nov
2021
2017: building
2021 : building
2022 : building
#107 Zunyi JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2017
12 Sep
2019
?
2022
2019 : 4 more building
2021 : building
launch date? 7-18 Sept
#106 Yanan
Chongqing
JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
Mar
2018
27 Dec
2019
?? Dec
2021
2019 : 4 more building
2021 : building
2021 : 8 in the water
#104 Suzhou Dalian ?
2018
?
2020
?
2022
2019 : 4 more building
2021 : building
2021 : 8 in the water
#108
Anshan
Dalian ?
2018
29 Aug
2020
?
2022
2019 : 4 more building
2021 : building
2021 : 8 in the water
Flight 2 - Type 055B
#201 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2020
?
2022
?
2023

2021 : 8 more building
#202 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2020
?
2022
?
2023
2018 : 10 total
2021 : 8 more building
Flight 3 - Type 055C
#301 TBD Dalian ?
2020
?
2022
?
2024
2021 : 8 more building
#302 TBD Dalian ?
2020
?
2022
?
2024
2021 : 8 more building
#303 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2020
?
2022
?
2024
2021 : 8 more building
#304 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2020
?
2022
?
2024
2021 : 8 more building
#305 TBD Dalian ?
2021
?
2023
?
2025
2021 : 8 more building
#306 TBD Dalian ?
2021
?
2023
?
2025
2021 : 8 more building
#307 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2021
?
2023
?
2025
#308 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2021
?
2023
?
2025
#309 TBD Dalian ?
2022
?
2024
?
2026
#310 TBD Dalian ?
2022
?
2024
?
2026
#311 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2022
?
2024
?
2026
USA = 21 DDG51 Flight I
#312 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2022
?
2024
?
2026
USA = 22 CG47
#313 TBD Dalian ?
2023
?
2025
?
2027
#314 TBD Dalian ?
2023
?
2025
?
2027
#315 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2023
?
2025
?
2027
#316 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2023
?
2025
?
2027
#317 TBD Dalian ?
2024
?
2026
?
2028
#318 TBD Dalian ?
2024
?
2026
?
2028
USA = 28 DDG51 Flight I+II
#319 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2024
?
2026
?
2028
#320 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2024
?
2026
?
2028
#321 TBD Dalian ?
2024
?
2027
?
2029
#322 TBD Dalian ?
2024
?
2027
?
2029
#323 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2024
?
2027
?
2029
#324 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2024
?
2027
?
2029
#325 TBD Dalian ?
2025
?
2028
?
2030
#326 TBD Dalian ?
2025
?
2028
?
2030
#327 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2025
?
2028
?
2030
#328 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2025
?
2028
?
2030
PRC = 38 by 2030 ?
#329 TBD Dalian ?
2027
?
2030
?
2031
#330 TBD Dalian ?
2027
?
2030
?
2031
#331 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2027
?
2030
?
2031
#332 TBD JNCX Jiangnan
Changxing
?
2027
?
2030
?
2031
#333 TBD Dalian ?
2028
?
2031
?
2032
USA = 71 DDG51 Flight I+II+IIA



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