CNS Chaozhou (595) makes up part of the large and powerful Type 056 class of fighting corvettes serving the modern Chinese Navy (known formally as the People's Liberation Army Navy, or "PLAN"). The service utilizes all types of modern ships, both on the surface and under it, and corvettes make up a critical component of the surface warfare fleet as a whole. The Type 056 class, spread about the East Sea Fleet, the North Sea Fleet, Hong Kong, and South Sea Fleet, currently (2021) number seventy-two warships in all and are also in use by the Bangladesh Navy.
NOTE: The PLAN classifies the Type 056 as a "guided-missile frigate" while Western sources consider its size, displacement, and capabilities more akin to a corvette.
Chaozhou (595) was formally commissioned into active service in 2014. It is a multi-role vessel in the 1,500 ton displacement range, given Blue Water qualities to operate as part of a main fighting fleet / task force while also preserving shallow water operations through a draught measuring just 13 feet. The vessel sports a length of 300 feet and a beam of 36.5 feet. Power is from 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel motors driving 2 x Shafts under stern and allowing the warship to reach speeds near 25 knots while range is out to 3,500 nautical miles (4,000 miles) when cruising at 16 knots.
Aboard is a complement of seventy-eight personnel. Installed systems include the Type 360 air-surface search radar system and the Type 347G fire control radar, giving the vessel modern fighting capabilities. The bow houses a sonar fit and a towed sonar array is featured as well. Over the stern section of the vessel is a helipad supporting the launching and retrieval of a single medium-lift helicopter (this typically being the Harbin Z-9 maritime model). Drones can be launched from the warship for gunnery practice.
The profile of the ship includes all of the standard design features common to contemporaries of same, or similar, classification; an unobstructed forecastle, low-profile/enclosed smoke funnel amidships, enclosed mast works. The superstructure is blended into the hull for a very modern, streamlined appearance with stealth qualities to boot. A turreted main gun is positioned at the forecastle in the usual way.
The ship has a notably low profile, giving it an inherent defensive advantage at range.
Armament is a mix of ballistic and missile weapons led by the single 76mm AK-176 series turreted main gun. There are 2 x 30mm automatic cannons fitted as well while missile-minded armament centers on 2 x Twin-cell missile launchers housing the YJ-83 series anti-ship missiles and there is a single 8-cell missile launcher system used for the FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) family. Rounding out the attack qualities of this warship are 2 x 324mm triple-torpedo tubes. All told, the vessel has the capability to match up well against regional and global adversaries, being appropriately outfitted for aerial, surface, land, and undersea threats at various ranges.
To date, CNS Chaozhou has taken part in several major exercises concerning the Chinese fleet, these sorties typically involving combat training and "show-of-force" objectives.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Activities conducted near shorelines in support of allied activities.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Active patroling of vital waterways and maritime areas; can also serve as local deterrence against airborne and seaborne threats.
✓Airspace Denial / Deterrence
Neutralization or deterrence of airborne elements through onboard ballistic of missile weaponry.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
Vessel's hull design is such that it can operate in close-to-shore / shallow water environments.
Main armament is housed in primary turret(s) arrangement offering enhanced protection.
Onboard systems alert and protect the vessel from airborne, low-flying airborne threats through ballistic and / or missile weaponry.
An Over-the-Horizon operational capability is granted to the vessel, typically through launched fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft.
The vessel supports the launching of missiles against airborne, waterborne, or land-based targets at range; typical of modern designs.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.
300.0 ft 91.44 m
36.5 ft 11.13 m
13.0 ft 3.96 m
2 x SEMT-Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern.
25.0 kts (28.8 mph)
3,476 nm (4,000 mi | 6,437 km)
kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers
1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 76mm AK-176 turreted deck gun.
1 x 8-cell Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher (FL-3000N).
2 x Twin-cell anti-ship missile launchers (YJ-83).
2 x 30mm Automatic cannons.
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 x Harbin Z-9 maritime helicopter operated from the stern-based helipad section.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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