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CNS Nanjing (155)

Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship

China | 2018

"CNS Nanjing 155 is currently assigned to the East Sea Fleet of the Chinese Navy."

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CNS Nanjing if a guided-missile destroyer serving the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The warship belongs to the sizable Type 052D destroyer class - known to NATO as the Luyang III-class - and was commissioned into PLAN service in 2018. It currently (2024) takes its place with the East Sea Fleet.

The Type 052D guided-missile destroyer group is a class of powerful, all-modern surface combatants whose construction began in February of 2012 and continues today with some 25 total active hulls in service. Nanjing (155) was launched on December 28th, 2015 and was formally commissioned into service on April 2nd, 2018 under pennant number 155.

CNS Nanjing displaces 7,500 tons and is powered through a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement intended to maximize fuel efficiency while delivering the needed power for "dashing" or cruising actions. The propulsion scheme involves 2 x QC-280 series gas turbines with 2 x MTU (German) 20V 956TB92 diesel engines. This arrangement allows the warships to make headway at 30 knots while ranging out to 4,500 nautical miles.

Structural dimensions for Nanjing include a running length of 515 feet, a beam of 56 feet, and a draught down to 20 feet. The ship was built by the workers of Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai, China.

Onboard systems for Nanjing include the Type 346A multi-function 3D Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar, the Type 518 air-search radar, and the Type 364 altitude-and-surface-search radar. The electronic warfare suite involves 2 x H/RJZ-726 series electronic countermeasures system and 4 x Type 726-4A series decoy launchers.

The warship is armed through a broad set of naval solutions involving ballistic, missile, and torpedo armament. This includes a 130mm turreted deck gun, 1 x HQ-10 short-ranged Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) system through a 24-cell launcher), and a 64-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) (supporting the HHQ-9 SAM, YJ-18 SSM, and CY-5 ASW missile types). Beyond this is a Type 730 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) to deal with short-ranged aerial threats.

The vessel has an all-modern design appearance complete with blended hull-superstructure, low-profile smoke funnels, and enclosed mast. The deck gun sits in its turret over the forecastle with the VLS directly aft. The bridge superstructure is positioned aft of the VLS and holds a commanding view of the ocean ahead. Aft of the bridge section are the smoke funnels and aft-superstructure leading out to the stern in stepped fashion.

Over the stern of the ship resides a hangar-helipad combination section to support the operations of a single medium-lift navalized helicopter. The rotorcraft provides critical Over-the-Horizon (OtH) capability and can assist in submarine-hunting, anti-ship warfare, Search and Rescue (SAR), and at0sea resupply as needed.

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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 Nanjing (155).
COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG): 2 x QC-280 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 marine diesels driving 2 x Shafts astern.
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
4,519 nm
5,200 miles | 8,369 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Nanjing (155).
515.0 ft
156.97 meters
O/A Length
56.0 ft
17.07 meters
20.0 ft
6.10 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Nanjing (155).
1 x 130mm turreted deck gun.
1 x 64-cell Vertical launch System (VLS) supporting HHQ-9 SAM, YJ-18 SSM, and / or CY-5 ASW missiles.
1 x HQ-10 240cell Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
1 x Type 730 Close-in Weapon System (CIWS).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Nanjing (155).
1 x Medium-lift navalized helicopter supported from the stern helipad / hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (31)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Nanjing (155) family line as relating to the Type 052D (Luyang III-class) group.
CNS Nanjing (155)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Nanjing (155). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Jiangnan Shipyard (Shanghai) - China
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Image of the CNS Nanjing (155)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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