China Quickly Builds Its Most Advanced 052D Aegis Destroyers


The Yinchuan 052D destroyer commissioned on July 12, 2016, the day of the arbitratio ruling, to show its muscle. Photo: 81.cn

The Yinchuan 052D destroyer commissioned on July 12, 2016, the day of the arbitratio ruling, to show its muscle. Photo: 81.cn

The Kunming 052D destroyer commissioned on March 21, 2014. Photo: longxiaodongfang.scan

The Kunming 052D destroyer commissioned on March 21, 2014. Photo: navy.81.cn

The Changsha 052D destroyer commissioned on August 12, 2015 Photo: longxiaodongfang.scan

The Changsha 052D destroyer commissioned on August 12, 2015 Photo: longxiaodongfang.scan

The Hefei 052D destroyer commissioned on December 12, 2015. Photo: t.people.com.cn/planavy

The Hefei 052D destroyer commissioned on December 12, 2015. Photo: t.people.com.cn/planavy

Mil.huanqiu.com says in its report today that China has built and commissioned four most advanced Type 052D Aegis destroyers since March 2014 and have been building 5 more with 3 of them already launched. There is speculation that China will have 12 such destroyers.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Four Type 052D destroyers have already been commissioned in South Sea Fleet” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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