Chinese shipbuilders set a kind of world record by building and launching nine destroyers for the PLA Navy in 2019. This was reported by the bmpd blog with reference to dambiev's material "A record of Chinese military shipbuilding."
Reportedly, on December 26 this year, two destroyers were launched at a shipyard in Dalian: the sixth destroyer of project 055 and the twenty-third destroyer of project 052D. Thus, in just 2019, the Chinese shipbuilders launched nine destroyers of two projects for the PLA Navy.
The countdown began on February 23 this year, when the seventeenth serial destroyer of the 052D Nanying project was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. Then, on April 16, at the same Jiangnan shipyard, the eighteenth destroyer of the same project 052D Huainan was launched.
On May 10, 2019, in Dalian, at the Dalian Liaonan Shipyard, two Project 052D missile destroyers were launched at once, they were the last ships built according to the old project. In total, 20 destroyers of project 052D were built.
The twenty-first destroyer of project 052D, built according to the modernized version, was launched on August 28, 2019 at a shipyard in Shanghai. With this option, the helicopter pad was made longer to base the ship's version of the latest Chinese Z-20 helicopter.
On September 12, 2019, the fifth destroyer of project 055 was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. On September 26, 2019, the twenty-second destroyer of project 052D was launched in Shanghai, Shanghai. And finally, on December 26, the sixth destroyer of project 055 and the twenty-third destroyer of project 052D were launched in Dalian.
In total, in 2019, Chinese shipyards launched 23 surface ships in the interests of the PLA Navy. Among them: 1 project 075 universal landing ship, 1 project 071 landing helicopter docking ship, 2 project 055 destroyers, 7 project 052D destroyers, 12 project 056 corvettes.