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Type 071 Yuzhao LPD

In 2011, an analysis published by the US Naval Institute noted that "local observers now expect China to build up to six Type 071s along with six flat-deck helicopter carriers." The "Jane's Defense Weekly" website reported 03 February 2016 that: "Although there is no evidence that more dock landing ships are under construction, well-informed sources expect China to build a total of eight."

An end strength of 100,000 Chinese marines is roughly half the active duty end strength of the US Marine Corps, which is used to size the US Navy amphibious assault fleet. The US Navy has nine Amphibious Squadrons, and the future 36-ship amphibious force is being shaped to allow the formation of 12 amphibious ready groups (ARGs). Doing the math, it might be expected that PLAN force goals would include six large amphigious assault ships [LHA/LHD] of a class not yet in evidence, as well as a dozen LPDs of the Type 071 Yuzhao class. Such a shipbuilding program could by completed by 2025, if not bit sooner.

As of the end of 2018, there was pretty good agreement on the designations of the three four units, and pretty serious disagreement thereafter.

Jeff Head Wikipedia
#4978 Tanggula Shan988 Yimeng Shan
#5979 Tai Shan 980 Longhu Shan
#6980 un-named 987 Wuzhi Shan
#7 986 un-named
#8 ??? un-named

Ships

#PennantName
Shan = Mountain
BuilderHomeportFleetLaunchComplete

071 amphibious dock landing ship

1998 Kunlun
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
22 Dec
2006
30 Nov
2007

071A comprehensive landing ship [JJL]

2999 Jinggang
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
18 Nov
2010
30 Oct
2011
3989 Changbai
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
26 Sep
2011
23 Sep
2012
4988 Yimeng
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
East
Sea Fleet
23 Jan
2012
01 Feb
2015
5978 Tai
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
East
Sea Fleet
15 Jun
2017
?? ??
2018
6979 Tanggula
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
East
Sea Fleet
20 Jan
2018
?? ??
2018
7?? NEWCON
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
28 Dec
2018
?? ???
2019
8?? NEWCON
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
?? ???
2019
?? ???
2020
9?? NEWCON
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
?? ???
2020
?? ???
2021
10?? NEWCON
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
?? ???
2021
?? ???
2022
11?? NEWCON
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
?? ???
2022
?? ???
2023
12?? NEWCON
Shan
Hudong-
Zhonghua
Zhanjiang
Naval Base
South
Sea Fleet
?? ???
2023
?? ???
2024



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