Sure doesn’t look like a military vessel to me. Just saying.
The media freaked out about China’s crappy aircraft carrier and hyperventilated over the J-20 stealth fighter. But China’s newest addition to its military is more subtle, and stylish. It’s a 36,000-ton pleasure boat capable of disgorging thousands of troops and hundreds of vehicles held inside its belly.
That would be the Bahai Sea Green Pearl, a 36,000-ton ferry and cruise ship commissioned in August at Yantai Port in China’s northeastern Shandong Province
And from Jane’s:
The Chinese military launched a 36,000-tonne ‘Bohai Sea Green Pearl’ ferry vessel on 8 August at Yantai Port in Shandong Province.
The vessel has a dual design that allows it to serve as a civilian transport ship and as an ‘amphibious augmentation platform’ allowing troop and heavy equipment transport.
According to Chinese media, the platform is Asia’s largest, most advanced and most luxurious commercial cruise ship and was developed as part of a civilian-military integration strategic development project intended to enhance passenger transport in Bohai Bay while reinforcing strategic maritime delivery capabilities for continental Chinese military forces.
A Chinese official has described the vessel as “a new leap forward for Chinese military/civilian vessel strategic projection”.