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Xiaopingdao

Last modified: 09 Feb 2012, submitted by: Joker
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Country: China   

Latitude: 38° 49' 4" N     Longitude: 121° 29' 34" E

Area use / Military Branches: Naval submarine base

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Xiaopingdao naval base. A relatively new SSBN facility associated with the new Type 094 Jin-class SSBN currently being fielded.
Jin-class SSBNs have been identified at this facility in the past and Xiaopingdao is also home to the PLAN's sole Golf-class SSB.
The Golf-class SSB is employed as an SLBM test vehicle and is currently likely supporting JL-2 SLBM trials for the Type 094 fleet.
The transitory nature of Jin-class SSBN presence at Xiaopingdao, as well as the Golf-class SSB's presence, suggests that Xiaopingdao may not be home to operational SSBNs, but may instead be a trials base where new SSBNs and SLBMs are tested before entering operational service.


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