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.
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