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.
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