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CNS Xinji (606)

Guided-Missile Corvette Warship

China | 2020

"Given good sea legs and a versatile hull design, CNS Xinji 606 fulfills the critical role of guided-missile corvette for the modern PLAN."

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CNS Xinji (606) serves the modern People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. Locally, it is classified as a frigate though Western sources find it more akin to a corvette. The vessel is part of the sizeable Type 056-class of fighting corvettes and, more specifically, are part of the Type 056A series in the PLAN inventory - a sub-group with an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) focus. It belongs to the third batch of Type 056A hulls having been completed which total 30 ships built from 2017 to 2019. The corvette category for China, as a whole, totals over 70 hulls in all.

CNS Xinji was built by the shipbuilders of Liaoning and was launched on January 15th, 2019. She was formally commissioned into service with the PLAN during 2020 and maintains an active status in the Chinese surface fleet.

The vessel displaces 1,500 tons and has a running length of 300 feet with a beam measuring 36.5 feet and a draught down to 13 feet. These relatively compact dimensions make the ship feasible for both close-to-shore and Blue Water sorties, operating independently or as part of the main fighting surface fleet. Aboard is a crew of 78 and installed systems include the Type 360 air-/surface-search radar, the Type 347G Fire Control Radar (FCR), and both bow and towed sonar arrays.

Installed armament encompasses a 76mm AK-176 turreted deck gun backed by 2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 series automatic cannons with 2 x Twin-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers, 1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher, and 2 x 324mm triple-torpedo tubes. All this gives the warship a solution to meet most any at-sea threat it may encounter.

Externally, the vessel is designed around the contemporary stealth approach as warships go. This involves reduced protrusions across the exposed sections of deck and superstructure with an unbroken hull line running from bow to stern and incorporating the superstructure proper. The mast work is integrated to the bridge superstructure section and the smoke funnels are pair over midships and shrouded in a low-profile assembly. Over the rear of the hull is seated an aft superstructure housing a full-service aviation hangar and a helipad for launching and retrieving a single medium-lift rotorcraft.

CNS Xinji currently (2023) operates with PLA Northern Theater Command.

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August 2023 - CNS Xinji was photographed on active exercises with PLAN elements.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Xinji (606).
2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC diesel engines driving 2 x Shafts astern.
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
3,476 nm
4,000 miles | 6,437 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Xinji (606).
300.0 ft
91.44 meters
O/A Length
36.5 ft
11.13 meters
13.0 ft
3.96 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Xinji (606).
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 Missile (SAM) launcher.
2 x 30mm H/JP-17 automatic cannons.
2 x 324mm triple-torpedo tubes.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Xinji (606).
1 x Medium-lift navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad/hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (72)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Xinji (606) family line as relating to the Type 056A (Jiangdao-class) group.
CNS Xinji (606)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Xinji (606). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Liaoning - China
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Image of the CNS Xinji (606)
Official image from China MoD; Public Release.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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