CNS Yueyang (575) is a modern guided-missile frigate operated by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) service of China. It forms a portion of the potent, and numerous, Type 054A class (NATO: Jiangkai II-class). These ships are set to number some fifty total hulls when completed with thirty now in active service with the PLAN as of July 2022. The warships were built at the Hudong-Zhonghua and Huangpu shipyards.
The 4,200-ton displacement CNS Yueyang saw her keel laid down by Huangpu Shipyard of Shanghai in June of 2010 and the vessel was formally launched to sea on May 10th, 2012. She was officially commissioned into service in 2013 and remains in active service with the South Sea Fleet (2022).
The warship measures 440 feet long and has a beam of 52 feet. Internally, power is derived from a COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement to maximize fuel economy based on required action (cruising or dash). The arrangement consists of 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 SYC marine diesels of 7,600 horsepower each driving 2 x shafts astern. This allows for a maximum straightline speed of 27 knots and a range out to 8,025 nautical miles.
Aboard is a complement of 165 commanding officers, sailors, and support staff. The ship carries the Type 392, Type 344, and Type 345 radar fits. The Type 347G makes up the Fire Control System (FCS) and a pair of Racal RM-1290 systems serve as I-band navigation radars. Like other modern frigates, the ship has a bow-mounted sonar as well as a towed array for submarine hunting.
The Type 922-1 serves as the vessel's Radar Warning Receiver (RWR). A complete Electronic CounterMeasures (ECM) and Electronics INTelligence (ELINT) suite are provided to deal with all modern threats at-sea.
The armament suite is led by a single 76mm PJ26 Dual-Purpose (DP) turreted deck gun seated over the forecastle. There is a single 32-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) embedded in the hull supporting the HW-16 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM). 2 x 4-cell C-803 series cruise missile launchers provide an anti-ship and a land-attack capability. 2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple-torpedo tubes are mounted about the design and close-in defense is covered by 2 x 30mm Type 730 Gatling-style turrets. 2 x 240mm Type 87 six-tube Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launchers can fire off up to 36 total rockets at near-surface submarines while 2 x Type 726-4 eighteen-tube decoy rocket launchers are provided for self-preservation.
The profile of the warship is conventional by modern standards: Chining is seen running from the bow to the stern along the hull line. The bridge section sits above the forecastle's turret with a commanding view of the sea ahead. Atop the superstructure is an enclosed main mast. A secondary mast is positioned just aft and low-profile smoke funnels are in play. The hull superstructure is continuous and leads to the helipad area over the stern complete with integrated hangar support facilities. From this section, the ship supports a single Kamov Ka-28 "Helix" or similar navy helicopter for over-the-horizon work (including submarine-hunting).
As part of the South Sea Fleet, Yueyang can serve in the airspace deterrent role or support amphibious assault landings. It can be used effectively against airborne threats, on-sea threats, and undersea threats with equal lethality all the while operating independently or as part of the main fighting fleet.
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(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.
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.
Ability to launch salvo of rockets against submarine threats.
440.0 ft 134.11 m
52.0 ft 15.85 m
CODAD (COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel): 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC marine diesels 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 Launching System (VLS) for HQ-16 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) and Yu-8 Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC).
2 x 4-cell C-803 anti-ship / land-attack cruise missiles.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Gatling-style Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 324mm Yu-7 triple-torpedo tubes.
2 x 240mm Type 87 six-tube ASROC (36 reloads).
2 x Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers.
(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
1 x Kamov Ka-28 "Helix" or similar navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad / hangar-deck section.
Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.
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Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.
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