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CNS Anhui (33)

Landing Helicopter Dock (LPD) / Amphibious Assault Ship

China | 2022

"CNS Anhui was commissioned into service with the PLAN and takes up the role of Landing Helicopter Dock."

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CNS Anhui (33) is the third of three warships belonging to the Type 075 Landing Helicopter Dock (LPH) class. Sister hulls include CNS Hainan (31) and CNS Guangxi (32), both vessels commissioned in 2021. The class is centered around a 40,000-ton design intended to support wide-reaching Chinese amphibious assault operations, bring all manner of man and material from ship-to-shore from littoral waters. CNS Anhui is assigned to the East Sea Fleet as of this writing (2023) and has been an active participant in several training exercises centered on joint-forces amphibious assault warfare.

Up to eight of the vessels are planned with the three aforementioned hulls having been completed in the series. The Type 075 succeeds the older Type 071 amphibious transport docks built since 2006. Type 075 hulls began construction in 2018 and commissioned service followed in 2021.

CNS Anhui was launched on January 29th, 2021 and formally commissioned into the ranks of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) on October 1st, 2022. She was constructed by the specialists of the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding company.

The Type 075 design utilizes a proven arrangement with the island superstructure offset to starboard side. This leaves the forecastle / box, stern, and portside completely unobstructed for helicopter operations. The island is home to communications, sensors, and processing systems critical to the function of the warship. Hangar elevators provide rotorcraft with access to service bays below. Bow-to-stern length is 778 feet offering plentiful deck space for operations. The well deck can house a complete mechanized infantry company and supports up to three of the Type 726 Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) amphibious vehicles operated by the PLAN.

Armament is strictly self-defense in nature with 2 x HQ-10 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launchers and 2 x 30mm H/PJ-14 series digitally-controlled Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWSs).

It is estimated that the ship can ferry up to 35 rotorcraft.

On paper, CNS Anhui represents something of an all-in-one amphibious assault solution, capable of transporting warfighters, their needed instruments, and critical supplies to shorelines in the event of an invasion. Once onshore, marines can then take the fight inland to the heart of the enemy while the ship remains on station for additional support. As China's power continues to grow on the high seas, the nation looks to not only match the American Navy pound-for-pound but also seeks to establish a greater hold on the independently-operating neighboring island of Taiwan.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Anhui (33).
2 x Marine diesel turbines of unknown make, model, and output power driving 2 x Shafts astern.
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Anhui (33).
778.0 ft
237.13 meters
O/A Length
98.4 ft
29.99 meters
27.1 ft
8.26 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Anhui (33).
2 x HQ-10 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launchers.
2 x 30mm H/PJ-14 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Anhui (33).
Between 20 and 35 rotorcraft (helicopters) supported from the flight deck.
Ships-in-Class (8)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Anhui (33) family line as relating to the Type 075 group.
CNS Hainan (31); CNS Guangxi (32); CNS Anhui (33); Unnamed Ship #4; Unnamed Ship #5; Unnamed Ship #6; Unnamed Ship #7; Unnamed Ship #8
Global operator(s) of the CNS Anhui (33). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding - China
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Image of the CNS Anhui (33)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

Mission Roles
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