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CNS Rizhao (598)

Guided-Missile Frigate [ 2018 ]

CNS Rizhao 598 represents a relatively new addition to the Chinese surface fleet - commissioned in 2018 and maintaining an active presence today.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 01/23/2023 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

The Chinese naval fleet is one of the largest in the world ranking 1st overall in the Global Firepower annual index with some 730 total units available (including submarines). A critical component of surface operations is the guided-missile frigate of which the fleet operates over forty hulls. One of these designs is the Type 054A, known to NATO as Jiangkai II-class, and one this number is CNS Rizhao (598), and all-modern surface combatant.

Rizhao, launched on April 1st, 2017, is a 4,200-ton frigate commissioned on January 12th, 2018 and today (2023) serving as part of the North Sea Fleet in an active capacity. She has a running length of 440 feet with a beam measuring 52 feet. Power is through a COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement comprised of 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC marine diesels working in conjunction to promote exceptional ocean-going speeds and overall performance while preserving fuel stores for the long haul. The vessel makes headway at 27 knots and can reach out to a range of 8,025 nautical miles.

Aboard is a crew of 165 and the vessel is stocked with modern sensors and processing systems including the Type 382 series radar, the Type 344 radar fit, and the four Type 345 fire control radars. A complete Electronic Warfare (EW) suite is installed and decoys can be used to help protect the vessel.

Armament is a mix of ballistic, missile, and torpedo solutions: there is a 76mm PJ26 Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun, 1 x 32-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS), and 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes. Also installed are 2 x 4-cell C-803 anti-ship missiles, 2 x 30mm Type 730 series Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWSs), and several anti-submarine measures to put her on par with Western counterparts.

Like other modern fighting frigates, Rizhao is equipped to full support a navalized medium-lift helicopter from a stern-based helipad with combination hangar.

Her clean lines showcase an inherent stealth quality and protrusions are kept to a minimum about her exposed decks. The bridge superstructure takes up its usual place behind the VLS and the main mast is of the enclosed, pyramidal type. The smoke funnel is fully-enclosed and of a low profile design while seating the secondary mast with its specialized sensors. Additional sensor components are positioned over the hangar structure.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Huangpu (Shanghai) - China
Operators National flag of China
National Origin
Commissioned, Active
Project Status
Type 054A (Jiangkai II-class)
Hull Class
CNS Rizhao (598)

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.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.
Ability to launch salvo of rockets against submarine threats.

440.0 feet
(134.11 meters)
52.0 feet
(15.85 meters)

COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD): 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC marine diesels developing 7,600 horsepower each driving 2 x Shafts astern.
27.0 knots
(31.1 mph)
Surface Speed
8,025 nm
(9,235 miles | 14,862 km)
1 knot = 1.15 mph; 1 nm = 1.15 mile; 1 nm = 1.85 km

1 x 76mm PJ26 turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and Yu-8 Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launcher solutions.
2 x 4-cell C-803 Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launchers.
2 x 30mm Gatling-style Type 730 series Close-in Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes (supporting the Yu-7 torpedo family).
2 x 240mm 6-tube Type 87 ASROC launchers (36 reloads).
2 x 18-tube Type 726-4 decoy launchers.

1 x Kamov Ka-28 OR Harbin Z-9C medium-lift navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad.

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