The Type 054A-class frigate represents one of the more important groups of surface combatants for the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China. The value of these multi-mission-minded ships is such that some fifty total are planned for the class with some thirty-one already in service today (2021). These warships offer excellent speed, range, and firepower for their design, giving tactical flexibility to the service in a region of the world that continually drifts towards an arms race and instability.
One of the Type 054A-class ships is CNS Yantai (538). She was constructed at the Huangpu Shipyard (Shanghai) and launched in August of 2010. She was formally commissioned into service during June 2011 and remains in active service (2021).
As built, the warship displaces 4,465 tons under full loads and has a bow-to-stern length of 440 feet with a beam measuring 52 feet. Power is through a COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement involving 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC diesel engines outputting 7,600 horsepower each and used to drive 2 x Shafts astern. This propels the ship to speeds of 27 knots out to a range of over 9,000 miles.
Aboard is a crew of 165 and installed systems include the Type 382 and Type 344 radars, four Type 345 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) radars, the Type 347G fire control radar/director, and twin Racal RM-1290 series navigation I-band radars. As with other modern warships, Yantai is outfitted with a hull-mounted and towed sonar array (MGK-335 and H/SJG-206, respectively). The SNTI-240 and AKD5000S Ku band systems make up the SATCOM links while the Type 922-1, HZ,100, and Kashtan-3 systems handle Electronic Warfare (EW).
Armament is a mix of ballistic and missile weapons. Over the forecastle is a single 76mm Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun. 1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) is fitted for the launching of HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and/or Yu-8 Anti-Submarine ROCkets (ASROCs). There are twin quadruple missile launchers for C-803 series anti-ship / land attack cruise missiles. Beyond this are twin 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) and 2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple torpedo tubes.
As with other ships in the class, the Yantai is built with stealth in mind by way of a slab-sided superstructure, continuous (unbroken) hull line, and enclosed/low-profile installations. The forecastle's lone primary protrusion is the turret while the superstructure houses the bridge section, main (enclosed) mast, low-profile (enclosed) smoke funnels, and integrated hangar facilities for the attached helipad. The helipad can launch and retrieve a single medium-lift type while the hangar provides full servicing of another such rotorcraft.
CNS Yantai has been an active participant in Yellow Sea exercises (as recently as August 2021) and a fixture of Chinese fleet movements since 2013.
(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.
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.
Ability to launch salvo of rockets against submarine threats.
440.0 ft 134.11 m
52.0 ft 15.85 m
15.0 ft 4.57 m
COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD): 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC diesel engines developing 7,600 horsepower each driving 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 (Dual Purpose).
1 x 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) housing HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and/or Yu-8 Anti-Submarine ROCkets (ASROCs).
8 x C-803 Anti-Ship Missiles (ASMs) OR land-attack cruise missiles in twin quadruple launchers.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
12 x 240mm Type 87 ASROC launchers in twin six-shot emplacements.
2 x 18-tube Type 726-4 decoy rocket launchers.
2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 OR 2 x Medium-lift navy helicopter, typically Kamov Ka-28 "Helix" type or Harbin Z-9C model, equipped for various roles including Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW); full-service hangar attached to helipad.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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