In an unprecedented move, China commissioned three advanced warships in a single day earlier this month.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy announced the commissioning of a new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, a guided-missile cruiser, and an amphibious helicopter carrier at a ceremony on the 72nd anniversary of the Chinese Navy. The helicopter carrier is the lead ship in a new class of assault ships.
The commissioning ceremony took place at the main naval base of the South Sea Fleet of the People’s Liberation Army Navy, which is in China’s Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
Chinese president Xi Jinping was reportedly in attendance at the ceremony.
The move is the latest escalation of China’s recent saber-rattling towards the U.S. military presence in the South China Sea and U.S. ally Taiwan.
China insists that the democratically-governed island of Taiwan is a Chinese territory and has left open the possibility of using force to ensure Taiwan’s submission. Taiwan regards itself as a sovereign state.
Last month, twenty Chinese military aircraft encroached on