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It’s Red October! State-of the-art £180m Chinese warships sail up the Thames and dock at Canary Wharf during tour of European ports

October 3, 2017 9:00 AM
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Two state-of-the-art Chinese warships sailed up the Thames yesterday as part of a goodwill tour of European ports.

The type 54A frigates Huanggang and Yangzhou cost a massive £180million each and arrived at West India Dock an hour apart on Monday.

The hulking, 135-metre ships had earlier caused a stir when seen sailing past Canary Wharf.

Armed with cruise missiles, they can hit targets up to 50km away and specialise in destroying ships and submarines with their incredible torpedoes and rocket launchers.

But thankfully for us, they arrived in the capital from Antwerp in Belgium as part of their European goodwill tour.

Built in China, Huanggang and Yangzhou are named after Chinese cities and weigh 4,000 tons each, with a top speed of around 27 knots. The cannon at the front can fire 120 rounds per minute and they can house up to 165 crew members.

In July, the Royal Navy escorted a flotilla of warships through the English Channel to shadow three ships as they made their way to the Baltic Sea.

HMS Richmond was scrambled to the English Channel to shadow three ships as they made their way for the Baltic Sea.


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