CNS Hanzhong (648) is a light-class frigate surface combatant of the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The warship belongs to the Type 056A class, an evolved form of the earlier Type 056. The original ships began service in 2013 while the newer version came online beginning in 2014. The class is recognized by NATO as the "Jiangdao-class" and their general displacement makes them more akin to a corvette rather than a frigate. With over seventy hulls having been constructed, the class makes up a potent part of Chinese actions in the region and around the world. The design also serves the navies of Bangladesh and Nigeria.
The 1,500-ton Hanzhong was built by Whampoa and launched on June 22nd, 2016. She was formally commissioned into service with the PLAN on July 11th, 2017 and remains in active status with the branch today (2022) with the South Sea Fleet.
The light frigate is an- all-modern offering, incorporating stealth design and advanced processing systems and sensors coupled to an armament suite comprised of ballistic, missile, and torpedo measures. The forecastle's only protrusion is the turreted deck gun. This is sat ahead of the bridge superstructure which is stepped, leading up to the largely enclosed main mast. Aft of this is a break in the design in which a pair of crisscrossed, twin-cell anti-ship missile launchers are mounted. The low-profile, all-enclosed smoke funnel is at midships ahead of the aft superstructure section. The section integrates to the open-area helipad over the stern.
Sonar is carried both in the hull and as a towed array unit for submarine-hunting. The stern helipad supports a single Harbin Z-9 helicopter or similar for over-the-horizon operations including submarine / ship hunting and Search and Rescue sorties.
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June 2022 - Hanzhong (648) was photographed on exercise with PLA Southern Theater Command.
(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 diesels driving power to 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.
2 x 2-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers.
1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
2 x 324mm triple-torpedo tubes.
2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannons.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 x Harbin Z-9 (or similar) navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.
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