When it is commissioned, the PLAN will command nine Type 903 replenishment ships (20,000 tons each). Furthermore, they can count on:
-- One Type091 (48,000 tons) with another Type091 under construction.
-- Six Type094 (15,000 tons)
-- One Type908 (37,000 tons)
-- Two Type905 (21,750 tons)
As the PLAN increases frequency and duration of her deployments, it is natural to build a more robust supporting infrastructure to accommodate the new demand.