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CNS Chaozhou (595)

Guided-Missile Corvette / Frigate

China | 2014

"CNS Chaozhou 595 makes up part of the formidable guided-missile corvette surface force of the modern PLAN service."

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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.

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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 Chaozhou (595).
2 x SEMT-Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern.
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
3,476 nm
4,000 miles | 6,437 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Chaozhou (595).
300.0 ft
91.44 meters
O/A Length
36.5 ft
11.13 meters
13.0 ft
3.96 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Chaozhou (595).
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.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Chaozhou (595).
1 x Harbin Z-9 maritime helicopter operated from the stern-based helipad section.
Ships-in-Class (72)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Chaozhou (595) family line as relating to the Type 056 group.
TYPE 056: CNS Xinyang (501); Suzhou (503); CNS Qinhuangdao (505); CNS Baoding (511); CNS Heze (512); CNS Datong (580); CNS Yingkou (581); CNS Bengbu (582); CNS Shangrao (583); CNS Meizhou (584); CNS Baise (585); CNS Ji'an (586); CNS Jieyang (587); CNS Quanzhou (588); CNS Qingyuan (589); CNS Weihai (590); Unnamed (591); CNS Luzhou (592); Unnamed (595); CNS Huizhou (596); CNS Qinzhou (597); TYPE 056A: CNS Huangshi (502); CNS Sanmenxia (593); CNS Zhuzhou (594); some 71 ships-in-class are planned for Chinese Navy; BANGLADESH: Shadhinota (F111); Prottoy (F112); Shongram (F113); Prottasha (F114) NIGERIA: Centenary (F91); Unity (F92)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Chaozhou (595). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of China

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Image of the CNS Chaozhou (595)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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