Liupanshui is part of the Type 056A corvette warship family serving the modern Chinese Navy (People's Liberation Army Navy = "PLAN"). It is stationed as part of the South Sea Fleet in PLAN service. The warship joined the Nanhai Fleet in March of 2017.
The Type 056 corvette fleet sees forty-one units in active service with a planned sixty ships and nine currently (2019) under construction. These are vessels in the 1,500 ton displacement range given a length of 90 meters, a beam of 11 meters, and a draught of 4 meters. Power is from 2 x SEMT-Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesels providing the design with a top speed of 25 knots and a range out to 3,500 nautical miles. With their shallow draughts, they can operate relatively close to the shore in support of offshore or amphibious assault operations.
Aboard is a complement of seventy-eight. Installed is the Type 346G radar fit, a bow-mounted sonar, as well as a towed sonar array for maximum coverage given a ship of this class/size. Armament is a mix of projectile- and missile-based systems including a 76mm AK-176 turreted deck gun, 2 x 30mm Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs), 2 x YJ-83 anti-ship twin-missile launchers, an 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) bay, and 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes. All told, the warship has the individual capability to take on targets above the water, on the water, or under the water.
Although not hangar facilities are included in its design, the ship can still launch and retrieve a single medium-lift type from the stern helipad.
The main mast is enclosed and the smoke funnel is of a low-profile, fully-enclosed design, offering some basic stealth capabilities. Additionally, structure protuberances are eliminated where possible, reducing signatures to an extent. Slab-siding used along the hull is also a positive design feature as modern warships go.