The guided-missile frigate serves in considerable numbers for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. The type is embodied by the Type 054A fighting frigate (known to NATO as "Jiangkai-II"), a 4,000-ton design capable of speeds nearing 30 knots and armed with a broad mix of weaponry options to counter threats from the air, on land, on sea, and under water. One of the thirty (of the fifty planned) hulls is CNS Huangshan (570) which was built by the specialists at Huangpu (Shanghai) shipyards. Her keel was laid down on April 28th, 2005 and she was launched for trials on March 18th, 2007. Commissioned on May 13th, 2008, the warship continues in active service with the PLAN fleet - currently on assignment with the critical South Sea Fleet.
The ship's profile matches the established lines of the Type 054A class: the forecastle is largely unobstructed save for a turreted deck gun. The gun is ahead of a Vertical Launch System (VLS) missile platform which, itself, sits ahead of the bridge section of the superstructure. The superstructure is continuous as it encompasses a forward, center, and aft section containing pertinent operating stations, supply rooms, and working systems. This includes the low profile, enclosed smoke funnels at near-midships. A pair of quad-missile launchers are seated over midships pointing out to each side of the hull. The rear superstructure section houses a full-service hangar facility to manage the single navy helicopter operated from the stern-based helipad. The helicopter provides a much-needed Over-the-Horizon (OtH) capability that includes spotting, Search and Rescue (SAR), and at-sea resupply. The hull line is continuous as well, running unbroken from bow to stern.
The warship is given a running length of 440 feet and a beam measuring 52 feet. Power is from a quadruple marine diesel arrangement involving 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC turbines each developing 7,600 horsepower. These are arranged in CODAD (COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel) to provide the ship with a fuel-savings measure depending on which action the crew requires (cruising or dashing). The ship can make headway at about 27 knots under ideal conditions.
Aboard is a crew of 165 to manage the various systems and subsystems of the warship. A modest air arm is also carried for the single helicopter supported.
Armament is led by the single 76mm PJ26 turreted deck gun over the forecastle. Behind this is a 32-cell VLS supporting both Surface-to-Air (S2A) and Surface-to-Surface (S2S) missile solutions. The ship is also outfitted with 2 x 4-cell C-308 cruise missile launchers, 2 x 30mm Type 730 Gatling-style Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs), 2 x 6-tube Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers, and decoy launchers.
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
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.
440.0 ft 134.11 m
52.0 ft 15.85 m
CODAD (COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel): 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC marine diesels developing 7,600 horsepower each driving 4 x Shafts astern.
27.0 kts (31.1 mph)
8,025 nm (9,235 mi | 14,862 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 PJ26 Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and/or Yu-8 Anti-Submarine ROCkets (ASROCs).
2 x 4-cell C-803 anti-ship / land-attack cruise missile launchers.
2 x 30mm 7-barreled Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 6-tube 240mm Type 87 ASROC launchers (36 reloads).
2 x 18-tube Type 726 decoy launchers.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 x Harbin Z-9C or similar navalized helicopter launched and 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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