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CNS Chaohu Lake (890)

Ocean-Going Replenishment / Resupply Ship

China | 2013

"CNS Chaohu is a modern logistically-minded ship of the PLAN, given exceptional range and hauling capabilities for a ship of this type."

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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.

Externally, the hull's profile is very utilitarian, reflecting the primary non-combat stance of the ship. The superstructure is divided into a forward and rearward section with midships showcasing high-reaching walks and crane works. Communications, sensors, and processing systems are primarily mounted on the foremast while an aftmast is used for secondary fits. Railing encompasses the entirety of the ship's length, from bow-to-stern. Cutouts at the stern provide boat launches as well as unfettered viewing.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Chaohu Lake (890).
2 x SEMT Pielstick 16PC2 6V400 marine diesel units driving power to 2 x Shafts astern.
20.0 kts
23.0 mph
Surface Speed
10,428 nm
12,000 miles | 19,312 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Chaohu Lake (890).
586.0 ft
178.61 meters
O/A Length
81.0 ft
24.69 meters
29.0 ft
8.84 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Chaohu Lake (890).
4 x 37mm H/PJ76F twin-barreled automatic cannon emplacements.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Chaohu Lake (890).
1 x Navalized helicopter operated from the stern helipad/hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (7)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Chaohu Lake (890) family line as relating to the Type 903A (Fuchi II-class) group.
CNS Taihu (889); CNS Chaohu (890); CNS Dongpinghu (960); CNS Honghu (963); CNS Luomahu (964); CNS Gaoyouhu (966); Kekexilihu (968)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Chaohu Lake (890). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard (Shanghai) - China
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Image of the CNS Chaohu Lake (890)
Image from the China MoD; Public Release.

Mission Roles
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