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CNS Rizhao (598)

Guided-Missile Frigate

China | 2018

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

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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.

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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 Rizhao (598).
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 kts
31.1 mph
Surface Speed
8,025 nm
9,235 miles | 14,862 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Rizhao (598).
440.0 ft
134.11 meters
O/A Length
52.0 ft
15.85 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Rizhao (598).
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.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Rizhao (598).
1 x Kamov Ka-28 OR Harbin Z-9C medium-lift navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad.
Ships-in-Class (50)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Rizhao (598) family line as relating to the Type 054A (Jiangkai II-class) group.
CNS Rizhao (598)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Rizhao (598). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Huangpu (Shanghai) - China
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Image of the CNS Rizhao (598)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

Mission Roles
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