China sends Type 055 destroyer and Type 054A frigate ahead of Pelosi visit


According to information published by Taiwan English News on August 2, 2022, China send a Type 055 stealth missile destroyer accompanied by a Type 054 frigate ahead of Nancy Pelosi's visit.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Chinese Type 055 destroyer Nanchang (Picture source: Chinese MoD)


In July 2022, speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi announced that she would be leading a congressional delegation to the Indo-Pacific region.  She has planned to visit Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Japan.

As well as these countries Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan. China has responded to this by saying it would appropriately dispatch forces in reaction to “enemy threats”.  China warned against Pelosi visiting multiple times, and following this China has increased its military presence in the area. 

About the Type 055 destroyer

The Type 055 destroyer (NATO/OSD Renhai-class cruiser) is a class of stealth guided missile destroyers (guided missile cruisers per NATO/OSD standard) being constructed for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy.

It is a multi-mission design; the combination of sensors and weapons suggests the main role of area air defense, with anti-submarine warfare capabilities surpassing previous Chinese surface combatants.

The ship has a length of 180 m (590 ft 7 in), a beam of 20 m (65 ft 7 in), and a draught of 6.6 m (21 ft 8 in). She can reach a top speed of 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph).

Having a displacement of more than 12,000 tons, Type 055 is equipped with 112 vertical launch missile cells capable of launching a combination of surface-to-air missiles, anti-ship missiles, land-attack missiles, and anti-submarine missiles.


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