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Ship ahoi: China, US locked in naval warship race

In a move reminiscent of the Anglo-German naval arms race before World War I, China and the US are raising the bar by fortifying each other in large warships.

China has just announced that its second Type 055 cruiser Lhasa is ready for battle after a series of tests in the Yellow Sea. The Lhasa recently completed eight days of training simulations including naval artillery fire, missile firing, anti-submarine warfare, defense against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats, visits, boarding, search and seizure (VBSS), rescue of personnel and damage limitation.

In addition, China is reportedly building two more Type 055 cruisers, which will be assembled in a large dry dock in Dalian. China plans to put a total of eight Type 055s into service over the next four years. Currently, China has three operational Type 055 cruisers, with the first of the Nanchang class coming into service in 2020 and the Lhasa and Dalian in 2021.

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