(Great Power War)Â The Chinese navy has launched its largest surface combatant warship to date, moving ahead with a fourth-generation destroyer that Beijing says will be used to protect the expanding carrier fleet.
Deemed the Type 055, the Pentagon has actually classified the ship as a cruiser-class vessel; Chinaâ€™s the only country building them currently, though the U.S. Navy has 22 activeÂ Ticonderoga-class cruisers in service.
Tribune News ServiceÂ notes:
Chinaâ€™s navy commissioned its biggest and most advanced surface warship yet, the Nanchang guided-missile destroyer, on Sunday morning in the port city of Qingdao, state media reported.
Observers say the commissioning of Chinaâ€™s first 10,000-ton-class Type 055 destroyer, which is expected to accompany aircraft carriers in battle groups, is a step forward as Beijing seeks to operate farther from its shores and to punch farther into the western Pacific.
Launched in June 2017, its commissioning marks the navyâ€™s leap from the third generation to the fourth generation of destroyers, the navy said in a statement.
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