Chao Lake (890) is a Type 903A (NATO codename of "Fuchi II-class") replenishment / supply ship actively operated by the modern Chinese Navy (People's Liberation Army Navy = PLAN). The 25,000 ton logistically-minded, ocean-going vessel is assigned to the East China Fleet and was built by Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard of Shanghai, launched in May 2012, and formally commissioned into service in 2013. Chao Lake 890 joins sisters Tai Lake, Dingping Lake, Gaoyou Lake, Hong Lake, Luoma Lake, and Kekexili Lake as of March 2023.
The Type 903A sub-variant increases displacement to 23,000 tons from the original Type 903's 20,550-ton approach.
The hull measures 586 feet long with a beam of 81 feet and a draught of 29 feet.
Power is provided by 2 x Marine diesel units developing 24,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts astern, giving the ship headway speeds of 20 knots and a range out to 10,000 nautical miles.
Aboard is a crew of 130.
The ship is defensed by a modest arrangement of 4 x 37mm H/PJ76F twin-barreled automatic cannon emplacements. It defers to its accompanying vessels for enhanced defensive measures when operating in contested environments.
A complete hangar / helideck area if provided for the maintenance, launching, and retrieval of navy helicopters. The section sits over the stern of the hull.
Internally, the vessel can house up to 680 tons of war goods and peacetime supplies. It can also double as a fuel / oil / water carrier to support amphibious operations.
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