China’ fourth Type 055 Destroyer (NATO reporting name: Renhai-class cruiser) was commissioned on 11 November 2021 with the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy)’s North Sea Fleet. The vessel is named after Anshan, a large city in Liaoning province, located in northeastern China.
Anshan (pennant number 103) is the fourth destroyer of the Type 055 class and the third one commissioned this year. Yet a fifth vessel, Yan’an (pennant number 106), is expected to join the PLAN fleet by year-end.
First ship of the class, Nanchang (101) was launched on June 28, 2017 at the Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai. The second one, Lhasa (102) was launched in April 2018 at the same shipyard. Two more Type 055 were launched in 2018 (Dalian 105 and Yan’an 106), two more in 2019 (Anshan 103 and Zunyi 107) and an additional two in 2020 (104 and 108) bringing the total number of Type 055 hulls currently in the water to eight.
Construction of these large destroyers is split between two local shipyards: Jiangnan Changxing Shipyard in Shanghai and Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Company in Dalian. Anshan was built in Shanghai.
The first ship-in-class, Nanchang (101) was commissioned on 12 January 2020. It was followed by Lhasa (102) in March 2021 and Dalian (105) on 23 April 2021.
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