The primary, frontline guided-missile frigate of the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is the Type 054A (known to NATO as Jiangkai II-class). This is a potent, numerous class of warships that began commissioned service in 2008 and continue to be constructed today (2023). The 4,200 ton vessels are seen across the North, East, and South Sea Fleets, such is their importance to modern Chinese Navy surface actions.
One of their number is CNS Wuhu (539), commissioned in 2017 and currently assigned to the North Sea Fleet. The warship is of conventional configuration and all-modern capability, featuring powerful radar, sensors, and communications equipment to rival those seen in the West. Similarly, the guided-missile portion of its design is headed by a 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) housing anti-aircraft or anti-ship missiles. Beyond this, the ship is completed with a 76mm turreted deck gun, 2 x 4-cell anti-ship missile launchers, 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes, anti-submarine rocket launchers and digitally-controlled Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs). Beyond this, there is a hull-mounted sonar and trailing sonar array for submarine-hunting.
Over the stern is support a medium-lift helicopter with access to a full-service hangar bay.
Aboard is a complement of 165.
Installed power comes from a COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement involving 4 x Shaanxi 16PA6STC marine diesels coupled to 2 x Shafts. This allows the ship to traverse the ocean at speeds of 27 knots out to a range of 8,025 nautical miles.
Inherently fast and granted good endurance while outfitted with the latest in sensors, processing systems, and weaponry, CNS Wuhu is a critical component to Chinese at-sea deterrence and aggression.
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April 2023 - CNS Wuhu was photographed in active exercises with PLAN forces.
(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
Combined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD): 4 x Shaanxi 16PA6STC marine diesel turbines developing 7,600 horsepower each to 2 x Shafts astern.
27.0 kts (31.1 mph)
8,025 nm (9,235 mi | 14,862 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 turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) for Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) and/or Anti-Submarine ROCkets (ASROCs).
2 x 4-cell C-803 anti-ship / land-attack missile launchers.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple torpedo tube / launchers.
2 x 6-tube 240mm Type 87 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 OR 2 x Harbin Z-9C or similar medium-lift navalized helicopter supported from the stern-based helipad/hangar deck section.
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