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CNS Ningbo (139)

Destroyer Warship [ 2006 ]

CNS Ningbo 139 is one of four Soviet-type Sovremenny-class destroyers operated by the modern Chinese Navy.

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CNS Ningbo (139) is a destroyer warship of the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. The type if of Soviet design in nature, modified to suit the needs of the PLAN during a period of modernization of the surface fleet. As such, four were built to the Soviet Sovremenny-class as Hangzhou (136), Fuzhou (137), Taizhou (138), and Ninbo (139) - the former pair modified under the local Type 956E classification and the latter two under the Type 956EM designator. Commissioned between 1999 and 2006, all four hulls continue to serve the fleet today (2023) under the banner of the Eat Sea Fleet.

The hull of CNS Ninbo, the focus of this article, was built at the Severmaya Verf shipyard of Saint Petersburg, Russia and laid down on November 15th, 2002. She was launched on July 23rd, 2004 and formally commissioned into service with the PLAN on September 27th, 2006 - making her a relatively modern addition to the fleet. The warship currently (2023) homeports out of Zhoushan.

The warship is of 7,900 ton displacement and carries an operating crew of 350. Dimensions include a running length of 511.9 feet, a beam of 56.8 feet, and a draught of 21.3 feet. Power is conventional and made up of 4 x Boiler units feeding 2 x Steam turbines generating 100,000 total horsepower to 2 x Shafts. There is are also 2 x Turbo generators and 2 x Diesel generators in the arrangement. All told, this gives the ship headway speeds above 32 knots with an operational range out to 4,000 nautical miles.

The design incorporates an air target acquisition radar and relies on three total navigation radar units. Sonar is offered in both passive and active installations. A full fire-control system directs the available weaponry and helps to protect the ship from attack. 2 x PK-2 decoy launchers have access to some 200 reloads.

Carried armament is led by a single AK-130 series turreted deck gun offering repeat, at-range fire. 2 x 4 3M80E "Moskit" and 2 x 4SS-N-22 "Sunburn" anti-ship missile launchers are present. Shorter-ranged threats can be dealt with by the twin "Kashtan" Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) and the twin GSh-6-30 Gatling-style mountings.

The profile of the ship is consistent with Cold War Soviet-era doctrine and this features many protrusions and shot traps about the superstructure. The mast works are exposed fore and aft. A stepped arrangement is used and the smoke funnels are situated at midships.

The warship supports a single medium-lift navalized rotorcraft, typically in the form of the Kamov Ka-27 "Helix" family or similar.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Severnaya Verf (St Petersburg) - Soviet Union (Russia)
Operators National flag of China
National Origin
Commissioned, Active
Project Status
Type 956EM (Sovremenny-class)
Hull Class
CNS Hangzhou (136); CNS Fuzhou (137); CNS Taizhou (138); CNS Ningbo (139)

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.

511.9 feet
(156.03 meters)
56.8 feet
(17.31 meters)
21.3 feet
(6.49 meters)

4 x Boiler units feeding 2 x Steam turbines developing 100,000 horsepower to 2 x Shafts astern; 2 x Turbo generators with 2 x Diesel generators; fixed propellers.
33.0 knots
(38.0 mph)
Surface Speed
3,919 nm
(4,510 miles | 7,258 km)
1 knot = 1.15 mph; 1 nm = 1.15 mile; 1 nm = 1.85 km

1 x 130mm AK-130 turreted deck gun.
2 x 30mm GSh-6-30 Gatling-style air-defense gun systems.
2 x 4 3M80E Moskit Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs).
2 x 4 SS-N-22 "Sunburn" ASMs.
2 x 30mm Kashtan Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).

1 x Kamov Ka-27 "Helix" navy helicopter supported from the integrated helipad section / deck area.

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Image of the CNS Ningbo (139)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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