22 Jul 2011 5 Comments
On 21 July 2011, the Navy Technology website reported that the Chinese Navy has officially launched its largest amphibious dock landing warship, Jinggangshan, in Shanghai.
While the information about the ship is sketchy and the lack of any visual material makes any assessment difficult it was reported that the 210m-long warship had a water displacement capacity of 19,000t and could carry 1,000 soldiers, helicopters, armoured fighting vehicles, boats and landing craft.
But a clone of that ship may end up in Turkish Navy if the Deasan Shipyard wins the bid for Turkish LPD.
In May 2011, three Turkish shipyards, Deasan, RMK Marine and Sedef submitted their bids for RfT to design and build a LPD type ship. RMK Marine submitted their own design, Sedef teamed with Navantia and submitted a redesigned Juan Carlos 1. The most secretive bid was Deasan’s. The shipyard teamed with China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation which build the Type 071 amphibious ships for PLA(N).
As is the design of Type 071 does not covers the requirements of Turkish Navy but the new mysterious Type 081 could be a match. If so then competition for the Turkish LPD will be really interesting to watch.
At the moment all this is just a speculation as there is simply not enough information available on Type 081.