CNS Sanya (574) is one of the available Type 054A-class frigates serving the modern Chinese Navy (formally known as the "People's Liberation Army Navy" = PLAN). They are known to the West as the Jiangkai II-class. The group consists of some fifty total planned vessels with current (2023) numbers having reached thirty hulls. As frigates, these are multi-missions Blue Water solutions equipped with all-modern systems, sensors, and weaponry - the latter to include guided-missiles.
Sanya was built by the specialists at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding shipyard of Shanghai and launched on November 30th, 2012. She was formally commissioned into service on December 13th, 2013 and currently (2023) maintains an active presence in the Chinese surface fleet.
The vessel displaces 4,470 ton (short) under full load and has a bow-to-stern length of 440 feet with a beam measuring 52 feet. Power is from a CODAD (Combined Diesel-And-Diesel) arrangement involving 4 x Shaanxi (Pielstick) 16 PA 6V 280 STC marine diesels (originating from Germany) developing 28,200 horsepower to 2 x Shafts astern. This gives the hull an ocean-going speed up to 27 knots and a range out to 4,400 miles.
Aboard is a crew of 165. Systems include the Type 382 radar, Type 344 fire control radar, and the Type 347G fire control radar. Navigation is aided y 2 x Racal RM-1290 I-band units. The MGK-335 serves as the active-passive sonar suite. The ship also carries an H/SJG-206 towed array sonar unit.
Armament is led by a single 76mm PJ26 Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun. This is backed by a 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) housing HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) or Yu-8 Anti-Submarine ROCkets (ASROCs). There are also 2 x 4-cell C-803 anti-ship cruise missiles, 2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs), 2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple-tube torpedo launchers, 2 x 240mm 6-tube Type 87 ASROC launchers, and 2 x 18-tube Type 726 decoy launchers.
Over the rear of the hull is supported a single Harbin Z-9C or Kamov Ka-28 "Helix" medium-lift navalized helicopter for Over-the-Horizon (OtH) work. A full-service hangar facility is integrated into the ship's design.
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February 2023 - CNS Sanya was part of joint-training exercises with the 42nd and 43rd naval escort taskforces.
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore strike of surface targets primarily through onboard missile / rocket weaponry.
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.
Serving in support (either firepower or material) of the main surface fleet in Blue Water environments.
440.0 ft 134.11 m
52.0 ft 15.85 m
4 x Shaanxi (Pielstick) 16 PA6 STC marine diesels in COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement developing 28,200 horsepower to 2 x Shafts astern.
27.0 kts (31.1 mph)
3,823 nm (4,400 mi | 7,081 km)
kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers
1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 76mm PJ26 Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS) housing HQ-16 SAM or Yu-8 ASW rockets.
2 x 4-cell C-803 land-attack / anti-ship cruise missiles.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple torpedo tubes.
2 x 240mm 6-tube Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers (36 reloads).
2 x 18-tube Type 726-4 decoy launchers.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 x Harbin Z-9C or similar navy helicopter supported from the stern.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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