CNS Zhengzhou (151) forms a crucial component of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) East Sea Fleet, operating alongside sister-ships Changchun (150), Jinan (152, and Xi'an (153). The vessel belongs to the Type 052C destroyer group, known to NATO as the Luyang II-class and numbers just six hulls (all remaining active as of mid-2023). The ships are noted for their 48-cell Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) which make them excellent airspace deterrent vessels while their complete armament and systems suite sees them undertake a multi-mission approach to Blue Water operations.
Zhengzhou (151) was built by Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai and saw her keel laid down on December 16th, 2008. The hull was launched on June 25th, 2011 and formally commissioned into service with the PLAN on December 26th, 2013. She homeports out of Zhousan.
For the Chinese Navy, destroyers form an important part of naval warfare second only to the vast undersea fleet operated by the nation. Many of the hulls are relatively young and being produced by Chinese ship industry at an alarming rate for the West.
Externally, Zhengzhou exhibits clean, stealth-centric lines with the hull line unbroken from bow to stern. The superstructure side walls are integrated to the hull and encompasses most of the mass at midships. The forecastle is left largely protrusion-free save for the single turreted deck gun. Aft of the gun is the VLS and, aft of this, is the bridge section. The forward portion of the superstructure seats the enclosed, pyramidal main mast with all of the needed communications arrays, radar fits, and sensors. The smoke funnels are enclosed and of a low-profile design near midships. Aft of this is the aft-superstructure section seating the aft-mast. The stern is given a helipad-hangar combination deck area to service a single navy helicopter.
Internally, the warship is powered through a conventional COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement made up of 2 x DA80 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 marine diesels driving power to 2 x Shafts under stern. The complete arrangement yields a top ocean-going speed of 29 knots with an operational range out to 4,500 nautical miles. Aboard is a complement of 280 and a modest air arm is supported for the rotorcraft fleet.
Structurally, the warship has a running length of 508.5 feet with a beam measuring 55.8 feet, and a draught down to 19.7 feet.
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1 x 100mm PJ-87 turreted deck gun.
1 x 48-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) supporting the HHQ-9 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) family.
2 x 4-cell YJ-62 anti-ship cruise missiles.
4 x Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRSs).
2 x Triple torpedo tubes.
2 x 30mm Type 730 Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
1 x Medium-lift navy helicopter supported from the stern helipad-hangar deck area (typically Harbin Z-9 or Kamov Ka-28 type).
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