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CNS Enshi (627)

Guided-Missile Corvette Warship [ 2020 ]

With a broad weapons suite and all-modern processing systems, CNS Enshi plays a critical role in China South Sea Fleet actions.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 07/15/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

CNS Enshi (627) is a modern corvette surface combatant serving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. The vessel belongs to the Type 056A class of fighting and is known to NATO as the "Jiangdao-class", where it is classified as a "light frigate". The base design is also in service with the navies of Bangladesh and Nigeria and seventy-two hulls have been completed to the standard between 2012 and 2021 by various Chinese shipyards. The warships have been used to succeed an aging line of Type 037 corvettes in same role with commissioned service beginning in 2013.

The 1,500-ton displacement Enshi was commissioned into service in 2020 and remains in active status with the South Sea Fleet as of this writing (2022).

Dimensions of the ship include a running length of 300 feet with a beam of 36.5 feet and a draught down to 13 feet. The relatively shallow draught value allows the warship the capability to operate within reach of shore lines. Power is from a conventional arrangement of 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern. Headway speeds reach 25 knots and range is out to 3,500 nautical miles under ideal conditions.

Aboard is a modest complement of seventy-eight. Installed systems include the Type 360 air-surface-search radar, the Type 347G fire control radar, and submarine-hunting sonar in the bow and as a towed installation.

Like most modern warships, the vessel is outfitted with a combination hangar-helipad area over the stern which supports a single navalized medium-lift helicopter for over-the-horizon work, this typically being a Harbin Z-9 type.

Armament is led by a 76mm AK-176 turreted deck gun over the forecastle backed by 2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannons. There are 2 x Twin-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers and a single 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher. The ship also carries 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tube launchers.©MilitaryFactory.com
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July 2022 - The Enshi was photographed taking part in the 32nd joint patrol action of Beibu Gulf with Vietnamese naval forces.


Service Year

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In Active Service.

Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding - China
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Type 056A (Jiangdao-class)

CNS Enshi (627)

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore Operation
Activities conducted near shorelines in support of allied activities.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
Maritime Patrol
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.
Fleet Support
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

Installed Power: 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel turbines driving power to 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
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.
2 x 2-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers.
1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannons.
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes.

Supported Types

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Graphical image of an aircraft anti-ship missile

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1 x Medium-lift navy helicopter supported from the stern-based helipad and hangar deck areas (typically Harbin Z-9).

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