The Nanchang, the first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer to enter service, takes part in a naval parade near Qingdao in April last year. Photo: AP The Nanchang, the first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer to enter service, takes part in a naval parade near Qingdao in April last year. Photo: AP
The Nanchang, the first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer to enter service, takes part in a naval parade near Qingdao in April last year. Photo: AP

Chinese navy may launch eighth Type 055 stealth destroyer later this year

  • Vessel is being painted at a shipyard in Dalian, indicating it is close to being launched, according to reports
  • But experts say it could take up to five years for all the destroyers designed for China’s aircraft carrier strike groups to be combat-ready

Topic |   China’s military
The Nanchang, the first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer to enter service, takes part in a naval parade near Qingdao in April last year. Photo: AP The Nanchang, the first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer to enter service, takes part in a naval parade near Qingdao in April last year. Photo: AP
The Nanchang, the first Type 055 guided-missile destroyer to enter service, takes part in a naval parade near Qingdao in April last year. Photo: AP
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