China Commissioned 4, Building 5 More Newest 052D Aegis DestroyersPosted: August 4, 2016
China’s official military forum mil.huanqiu.com says in its report today that China’s fourth 052D destroyer was commissioned on July 12. The report, in addition, has discloses that one more 052D was launched in July while Dalian Shipyard launched another on August 3. In all four 052Ds have been commissioned and three have been launched. In addition, two more are being built at Shanghai Shipyard. Those are the nine 052Ds we know for sure.
Obviously, China has stepped up construction of its newest and most advanced Type 052D Aegis destroyers.
Taiwan’s Want Daily speculates that the total number of 052Ds including those being built is 12, of which 4 will be deployed in China’s aircraft carrier battle group.
Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Dalian launched its second 052D, China’s new version of Aegis destroyer” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)