The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned CNS Wuyishan, CNS Culaishan and CNS Wutaishan, having improved amphibious capabilities, official media here quoted PLAN's statement.

They were delivered to the East Sea Fleet at an unidentified naval port on Monday.

The ships have a displacement of 5,008 metric tonnes and a maximum speed of 20 knots (37 km/h).

Compared with predecessors, the new design has a lower radar signature, which makes it harder to detect it at sea, and a streamlined design that helps speed up the loading of amphibious vehicles.

The ships are armed with close-in weapons systems capable of hitting mid- and short-range targets, and include a flight pad that can accommodate a helicopter, state-run China Daily reported.

According to IHS Jane's Navy International, the new-type vessel is able to transport 10 armoured vehicles and 250 fully armed troops, which means that three ships can ferry roughly an entire amphibious assault battalion. This is the first-time the PLAN has commisioned three ships in a single day, the report said.

In February, the Chinese Navy commissioned the CNS Xiangtan, a Type-054A frigate, the CNS Tongren, a Type-056A corvette and the CNS Yimengshan, a Type-071 amphibious transport dock.

However, much of the Navy's new equipment is still not as good as that of their counterparts in the United States Navy and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, the report quoted a PLA officer as saying.

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