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Saturday, May 09, 2015

DoD Report: China’s SSBNs Likely to Begin First Deterrence Patrols This Year

Type 094 (Jin) class SSBNChina’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) nuclear-powered ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) are forecast to begin strategic deterrence patrols this year, according to a new Department of Defense (DoD) report.

In a congressionally mandated annual report, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China,” the DoD says that the PLAN has four operational Type 094 Jin-class SSBNs, which the report called “China’s first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent.”

The patrols will mark the entry of China into the exclusive nuclear-deterrence patrol club, joining the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom and France. India may follow in the coming decade.

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