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CNS Huainan (123)

Guided-Missile Destroyer [ 2021 ]

CNS Huainan 123 represents an all-modern guided-missile destroyer solution for the navy of China.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 09/27/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

CNS Huainan (123) is a modern guided-missile destroyer serving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. Destroyers are the largest named / categorized vessels below aircraft carriers and above guided-missile frigates, making them particularly formidable in any inventory. The warship belongs to the expanded Type 052D class which feature stretched hulls (Type 052DL). The warship was built at the Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai and launched to sea on April 15th, 2019. She was formally commissioned for service into the PLAN in 2021 and is assigned to the East Sea Fleet today (2022).

The class is known to NATO as the "Luyang III-class".

Aboard is a crew of 280 enlisted and officer personnel. Type 346 and Type 518 radars are fitted as is a bow-mounted and towed sonar array. Structural dimensions include a running length of 528 feet, a beam of 57 feet, and a draught of 20 feet. Displacement is 7,500 tons under full load.

Internally, the warship is powered through a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement involving a pair of local QC-280 series gas turbines and a pair of German MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern. This gives the ship a headway speed of 30 knots (under ideal conditions) with a range out to 4,500 nautical miles.

With armament being at the heart of the destroyer, the vessel carries a broad mix of modern solutions covering ballistic and missile weapons. There is a 130mm-armed turreted deck gun over the forecastle for ranged work and a Type 1130 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) for point-defense. The bread-and-butter of the design, however, is its 64-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) which can house a mix of Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs), land-attack cruise missiles, and Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs) - HHQ-9, YJ-18, and CY-5 types being supported, respectively.

Over the rear of the vessel, and in keeping with modern warship design, a Harbin Z-20 can be launched, retrieved, and serviced from the ship. This rotorcraft element can be outfitted for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Search and Rescue (SAR), and resupply sorties as needed.

To date (2022), CNS Huainan has maintained an active presence in the PLAN fleet, taking part in various exercises and voyages to showcase growing Chinese naval capabilities in the region and across the world.©MilitaryFactory.com
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September 2022 - CNS Huainan (123) was photographed as one of the ships making up the 42nd Chinese Naval Escort Taskforce ready to depart for escort service in the Gulf of Aden.


Service Year

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In Active Service.

Type 052DL (Luyang III-class)

CNS Huainan (123)

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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 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.

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.

528.0 ft
160.93 m
57.0 ft
17.37 m
20.0 ft
6.10 m

Installed Power: COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG): 2 x QC-280 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines driving power to 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
30.0 kts
(34.5 mph)
4,519 nm
(5,200 mi | 8,369 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 130mm turreted deck gun.
1 x 64-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) for Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM), Surface-to-Surface Missile (SSM), and Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) types.
1 x 24-cell HQ-10 short-ranged SAM launcher.
1 x Type 1130 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).

Supported Types

Graphical image of a modern warship turreted deck gun armament
Graphical image of an aircraft Gatling-style rotating gun
Graphical image of an air-to-air missile weapon
Graphical image of an aircraft anti-ship missile

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 x Harbin Z-20 navalized helicopter equipped for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) sorties; supported from the stern-based helipad / hangar deck area.

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