Source:IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
Photographs of the new Type 901 fast combat support ship (AOE) built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have been published on the PLA Daily website showing the 40,000-tonne ship conducting replenishment-at-sea (RAS) trials with a Yuzhao-class (Type 071) landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious ship in waters of the South China Sea on 24 May.
The photographs show both alongside and astern refuelling activities.
The Type 901 was launched in December 2015 at the Guangzhou Shipbuilding International (GSI) yard at Longxue Island on the Pearl River, and the ship commenced sea trials in December 2016. It has not yet been commissioned but it is likely that this will take place in the near future.
A second ship of the class is under construction at the GSI Longxue yard and recent photographs showing the bridge superstructure in place suggest that a launch before the end of 2017 is likely.
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