During the month of December 2019, the Chinese Navy launched five new warships and put home-made aircraft carrier Shandong ships into active service, according to the International Strategic Research website. Foreign analysts were taken aback by the speed of the shift.
China is modernizing its large-scale naval forces and will have a certain number of warships in the coming months, according to a report by the US Congress. In addition, the Chinese Navy is also purchasing anti-ship ballistic missiles, anti-ship cruise missiles, submarines, unmanned aerial vehicles, command and control systems, and so on.
Among the five warships launched in December 2019 are two 056A, two 052D and one 055. 056A is mainly used to protect China's territorial sea and exclusive economic zone, with anti-ship, air defense and anti-submarine equipment available.
052D is a relatively large destroyer, and the PLA's first surface combat ship equipped with a \"chocolate \"-style general-purpose missile vertical launch system, can launch anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine missiles. 052D also has a phased array radar system that provides good protection for aircraft carrier battle groups.
The launch of five major ships in a month is an extraordinary achievement for the world's navy today. The U.S. Navy is struggling to maintain fleet size, and both Congress and the White House Budget Office are trying to reduce the number of major ships from 295 to 287. The Russian navy has just received a light patrol ship, one of the few surface warships that Russia has received over the years.