China Is Building The World's Largest Nuclear Submarine Facility

Tyler Durden's picture

Perhaps it is time to shift attention away from the "rally around the flag" diversion that is North Korea and pay some attention to China, which delighted by the ongoing geopolitical distractions is currently building the world's largest submarine facility, which will be able to produce as many as four ultramodern nuclear submarines at a time.

Starting later this year, China's new submarine factory on the Yellow Sea will churn out nuclear-powered attack submarines (or SSNs) ensuring that the sub program of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) will soon be a deadly global force. Once fully operational, the assembly line will enable China to at least match USN SSN production.

Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industrial Corporation (BSHIC) is putting the finishing touches on its new facility, which as profiled by Popsci, will start production this year. BSHIC, based in Huludao, Liaoning Province, is China's only builder of nuclear submarines. It previously built the Type 091, 093 nuclear attack submarines (SSN) and Type 092 and 094 nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN).

When this enclosed submarine factory begins operation later this year, the BSHIC will be able
to quickly build nuclear submarines.

Why is this building such a big deal? Simple: inside a superstructure, submarines are hidden from snoops, spies, and satellites. It also provides a controlled environment for development and construction.

According to Popsci, the massive new assembly hall, which measures more than 430,000 square feet, has enough room for two parallel production lines; each production line has one half dedicated to assembling and attaching together submarine modules, and the other half dedicated to finishing the hull with quieting measures like anechoic tiles. That's enough space for four SSN's to be built simultaneously (two sets of modules being assembled at one end, and another pair of assembled hulls being fitted out before launch). Once completed, the SSN is rolled off the line and into the ocean. The assembly hall can also handle construction of the next generation SSBN, the Type 096.

The module assembly hall is well equipped, with gantry cranes for lifting SSN modules in
and parallel rails for moving completed hull sections further down the assembly line.

The facility is reported to begin construction on the first Type 095 SSN later this year. The Type 095 is expected to have a single/hybrid pressure hull, pumpjet propulsion and vertical launch system cells, making it (at least) superior to older SSNs like the U.S.'s Los Angeles III and Russia's Akula II.

The Type 095 SSN, swhon in this rendering, will likely have VLS cells for launching a wide range of cruise missiles, plus pumpjet propulsion and improved quieting technology. The first Type 095  will likely begin production in late 2017 at the new BSHIC factory, with many more to follow in the 2020s.

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DownWithYogaPants's picture

Yellow Submarine factory.

We all rive in a yerrow submaline

FrozenGoodz's picture

People's Liberation Army Navy ... which one is it?

Looney's picture


I wonder if China has its own “John McCain”…

Speaking of the devil… The Viet Cong soldier that beat McCain over the head with a flimsy bamboo stick should’ve used a two-by-four… or a pipe.  ;-)


Looney's picture


Well… Fuck McCain and all those Arizombies that keep re-electing the lunatic.  ;-)


The_Juggernaut's picture

Good for them.  There's no reason the US should have to keep the oceans safe for commerce all by themselves.  It's great to know that the Chinese will always have the best technology they can copy from the previous generation of US weapons.

Took Red Pill's picture

This just in: Good thing the Carl Vinson is on its way to the Korean peninsula; American superiority in action:

mary mary's picture

I heard that the USA was going to put the Carl Vinson in reverse and back it up all the way to Venezuela.  Dang those little countries!  They always force the USA to play whack-a-mole!  It's as bad as trying to be the Roman empire.  Wait a second... the USA IS the Roman empire.

tmosley's picture

Nuclear subs aren't going to be much use when everyone can see them plain as day using cheap and easy AI driven sonar visualization.

Swarm drones are where its at. They work underwater and in the air. Equip them with heavy duty scratching ability to penetrate the paint/oxide layer on any kind of boat/metallic weapon/infrastructure, then have them smear a payload of gallium and mercury, and watch as it crumbles to dust over the next few hours. Completely impossible to stop the process once its started. Similar chemical attacks can be used to overcome pretty much any sort of passive defense. Only way to counter is with your own, much larger drone swarm.

Kotzbomber747's picture

"...nuclear-powered attack submarines (or SSNs)"

I wonder which intern came up with that abbreviation...

Kotzbomber747's picture

"This just in: Good thing the Carl Vinson is on its way to the Korean peninsula; American superiority in action:"

So they finally were able to program the navigation system ey?

Took Red Pill's picture

yeah except an F-18 crashed trying to land on it

Antifaschistische's picture

These nuke subs are going to be so outdated when Elon creates a Tesla Sub...

gladih8r's picture

I'm sure they've thought of that and probably are cooking up plans for a dozen drone factories because why not?  They will probably be able to produce swarms of all types of drones and it will probably only cost them fi-dallah each in high volume.....very export friendly too. 

Pissin' off half the globe might become more and more challenging in the near future.  Even more challenging than making money through work/business dealings.

mary mary's picture

A cloud of little wasps that spit poison.

And how about an underwater cloud of them, too?  Make the ship leak.

PrayingMantis's picture

... I wonder where they got the submarine PLAN technology ... and why does Los Alamos Laboratories always come to mind?

mary mary's picture

AZ is on crystal meth.  Must be, to like McCain.  "Kill!  Kill!  Kill!"

(To be specific, AZ is on the blue meth.)

AZLagun's picture

Speak for yourself.  I cant stand the SOB.

Darktarra's picture

No, not all Arizona loves McCain ... fuck that old dinosaur!  The sooner he dies of a stroke or heart attack the better!  Said, by an Arizonian!

RagaMuffin's picture

Figure there are 4x as many Chinese, so ther are 4x the McCains

Ghordius's picture

according to a well connected Chinese gentleman I met, recently, they have millions of McCains. his words were in the tune of:

"G, we can't have democracy in China. If we had, we'd attack Japan immediately"

speaking of the "devil", I am forced to "like" Senator McCain. because his support if we europeans were (unlikely as it is) attacked by Russia is that of a good ally: unwavering and unconditional

besides, he does not forget that it was the US that triggered Art.5 of the NATO Charter, the "we are under attack, assist us", and that we came with America to unbelievable Afghanistan (with Russian logistical support, note)

you see, that's our european dilemma. we would like to have good allies. if the US does not want to, fine, then we rearrange things

so, now, tell me: is the United States of America willing to be a good ally... or no ally? because really, nobody has a use for a "perhaps, depending" ally. it's like being a bit pregnant

we either have to set up a lot of military defense or we can go on supporting a lot of American efforts (and they are many), but we simply don't have the resources to do both. as a reminder, Europe is way poorer the the US

(no, this is not a defense of McCain the triggerer of many wars that are exactly the opposite of what we want, and Freedom Fries with it)

how about you retiring McCain and have a more moderate version of him? don't you have a paddock where you could put him to graze?

oh, and would you please, please, please stop poking the Bear?

Ghordius's picture

that's what Vicky Nuland said. thanks to the Russian FSB, we heard the tapes, yes

how is her plan in Ukraine folding out? is it... satisfactory?

gladih8r's picture

To her it is perfectly satisfactory.  Keep in mind that there was not one atom of good intentions there.

mary mary's picture

I can speak for myself.

Fuck the EU because the EU is an instrument for the international bankers to govern the people of Europe without allowing the people of Europe any voice at all in that government.  If you work for the EU or one of those bankers, then just say so, and I will understand.

Vageling's picture

You're forced to like the loony because you're weak. Hiding under the Eagle her wing.

Allies? Fuck off. Keep that distorted reality alive! Under the EU we will do as ordered by the Eagle. Liberty has a price. Seems Europeans don't want to pay. Groveling like a weakling is contra productive. It's a simple word: NO! What will the Eagle do? Bomb us into line? Yeah... US vs the world. Insanity! Crash our economy? We can survive as it's bad already. Russia survived. So can we.

Stop poking the bear, you plea on your knees? Take your head out of your ass. We've been doing that a long time. I'm sure you know the European saying "He, who burned his butt; will have to sit on the blisters." That! Stop shifting blame on the Americans. Or diverting attenion on the Chinese. Conveniently you left out your beloved muppets that are posturing, orating, waiving their damn fist in the sky in Brussels. Your BFF. Buncha groveling weaklings! Here... MONEE! Now please accept my bribe. Idiots. Liars as well. The paper tiger. All bark.

 Nuland? Fuck that!

Let's try that Moegoeboegoerini twat (whatever that bitch her name is) "I don't need no mandate from no *stupid* people!" Yes, I added the stupid for emphasis, that was her tone. That idiot Verhoftstadt? Ring any bells? A la McCain warmongering in Ukraine? Noo... N o McCains in the EU, right? Next to him that chubby disgrace to our country and military, named van Baalen? Let's not even go into EU Kollektiv groupthink! Just lie right? SOP!

You SOB! Always trying to hide the problematic cases closer to home. Europe has itself to blame. But like your beloved " People's Republic " (Which is Hegelian dialect for... Fucking Communism/Socialism), our "beloved leaders" (How do we allow a fucking Drunk POS to lead the EC? Hey... Lets blame the US as well!) are poking the bear on their OWN! Now the USG is poking the RED DRAGON! Something you try to evade with smoke and mirrors.

Fruitcake. All heil the EU! Yuck... Take some RESPONSIBILITY! Will Europe (Fuck the EU) take some of that when the USG seems to poke the Red Dragon going for the "Brilliant Comrade"? You yap about Russia? Depending how Europe will respond we might anger the Dragon too. We have no beef with Dear Chubby Leader nor China. That's an USG problem. But NATO eh? Doubt the EU learned shit! They never do.

You are one weird elder I rather NOT take ANY advice from. 

See? It's not that hard. Want peace? Prepare for war! Liberty comes with a price.

Seeing your fear displayed. Guess heads are exploding in the weak EU. Your silly infograph about European military lacks reality. Buncha numbers with some eyecandy. Your fear shows me even you know it's BS! Most of our hardware are non operational! There goes your worthless numbers. All not accounted in. You sucker. 

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

'Europe is way poorer the the US'-bullshit.

'is the United States of America willing to be a good ally?'- US does not have allies, it has vassals and victims.

'have a more moderate version of him' (McCain), Ghormless, you are fucking insane, or a troll, can't make my mind up which.


Maybe he did. It would explain alot.


So fucking what ?

All the bullshit newckleear propaganda about the Russians over the last 60 years turned out to be fake news as well. 

Put all the fear mongers and politicians into a cage, and let them fight it out with baseball bats.

Then, dispose of any survivors so they can't breed ever. 

Leave the rest of us normal people the fuck alone.  

Raffie's picture

Maybe Subway can open a few shops in there.

I think it will be a win win.

ebworthen's picture

Like Nixon said, yellow submarine peril.

Iwanttoknow's picture

Fuck you and 23 other racists. Yellow submarine up america's arsehole.

fishwharf's picture

and our friends are all aboard...

SallySnyd's picture

Here is an interesting article that looks at the significant progress that China has made in its missile program:


China is developing some game-changing weapons that will establish its regional military dominance and will allow it to threaten the American hegemony that has developed after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

cossack55's picture

The only thing that makes Miami look attractive (for now).

Iconoclast421's picture

Sell enough cheap plastic junk to dumb americans, and you can build a free submarine factory. Who knew?!

PrayingMantis's picture

... and use nuclear stolen technology from Los Alamos Laboratories ... who knew, indeed!

torabora's picture

what could possibly go wrong since Clinton and the MIC sold the Chicoms tools they needed to make quiet propellors.

Falconsixone's picture

I'm on land so they'll need some wheels on those things to get to me.

Kayman's picture

That sure was some clever American strategic thinking, outsource jobs and technology to your enemy, so they can become more powerful as you become weaker.  

sister tika's picture

That US technology that the Israelis sold the Chinese (via the Clintons) works like a champ.

buzzsaw99's picture

yep, thanks bill and hillary.

Dominus Ludificatio's picture

The tables are now reversed.It will be the US stealing Chinese technology.

Duc888's picture



Pay absolutely no attention to what is going on under Antarctic.

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture

Whoooo Hoooo !!!!!!!!!!

No Doubt....It will be so the USA can outsource Submarine production/maintence costs to China..........

And save a bundle of taxpayer $$$$$$$$$$$$$$...

Pure genius, like so many other things in the last 40 years.


Sandmann's picture

They will need a major air defence  screen of S-400s and satellite jammers but probably have those under way. They need to have their weapons at sea since the Day of Reckoning with the USA is running to Washington's timetable at present

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Trump's latest twa1, presented with no comment:

2h2 hours ago

China is very much the economic lifeline to North Korea so, while nothing is easy, if they want to solve the North Korean problem, they will