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CNS Tongling (629)

Corvette / Frigate ASW Warship [ 2020 ]

As of February 2022, CNS Tongling 629 maintains an active status in the South Sea Fleet of the PLAN.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 02/01/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

CNS Tongling (629) makes up one of the 72-strong Type 056 class of fighting frigates fielded by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. The design belongs to the Type 056A modified group (with a focus on Anti-Submarine Warfare - ASW) though both designs are known to NATO under the "Jiangdao" name (and classified as corvettes). These are capable surface combatants equipped with the latest in sensors, processing systems, and weaponry - making them true multi-mission warships.

CNS Tongling is assigned to the critical South Sea Fleet of the PLAN.

The vessel was commissioned in 2020 and displaces in the 1,500 ton range. Its design is characterized by smooth slab sides, a low profile, and an unbroken hull line running from bow to stern. Protrusions about the decks are all kept to a minimum so as to promote stealth qualities. The bridge section is set aft of the forecastle which features a single turreted deck gun. The mast is enclosed and integrated to the section between the bridge and smoke funnels. Between the mast and funnels are anti-ship missile launchers. The smoke funnels are enclosed and of a low profile design. A hangar takes up the space aft of the funnels and before the stern-based helipad which seats a single medium-lift helicopter (typically the Harbin Z-9). The helicopter can be equipped for the ASW role as well as at-sea replenishment, Search and Rescue, and anti-ship sorties.

Power is from 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC diesel motors driving 2 x Shafts astern. This arrangement gives the warship a top ocean-going speed of 25 knots with a range out to 3,500 nautical miles.

The vessel carries the Type 360 air/surface-search radar system, the Type 347G fire control radar, a bow sonar, and towed sonar array.

Armament includes 1 x 76mm AK-176 series turreted deck gun over the forecastle, 2 x 30mm automatic cannons for close-in work, 2 x Twin-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers (midships), 1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher, and 2 x 324mm triple-torpedo tubes. Collectively, this broad weapons suite allows the ship to tackle airborne, on water, and undersea threats with equal lethality.

As of February 2022, CNS Tongling (629) remains an active part of the PLAN surface fleet.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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In Active Service.

Type 056A

CNS Tongling (629)

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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Bombardment
Offshore bombardment / attack of surface targets / areas primarily through onboard ballistic weaponry.
Offshore Operation
Activities conducted near shorelines in support of allied activities.
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.

Vessel's hull design is such that it can operate in close-to-shore / shallow water environments.
Main armament is housed in primary turret(s) arrangement offering enhanced protection.
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.
The vessel supports the launching of missiles against airborne, waterborne, or land-based targets at range; typical of modern designs.
Ability to launch torpedoes against ocean-going targets.

300.0 ft
91.44 m
36.5 ft
11.13 m
13.0 ft
3.96 m

Installed Power: 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
25.0 kts
(28.8 mph)
3,499 nm
(4,027 mi | 6,481 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 AK-176 turreted deck gun.
2 x 2-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers.
1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missle (SAM) launcher.
2 x 30mm Automatic cannons.
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes.

Supported Types

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1 x Medium-lift helicopter (typically Harbin Z-9).

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