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CNS Zibo (156)

Guided-Missile Destroyer Warship

China | 2020

"CNS Zibo 156 is just one of the fifty or so destroyer warships available to the modern fighting forces of the PLAN."

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The modern Chinese Navy (the People's Liberation Army Navy = PLAN) operates a vast flotilla of guided-missile destroyer warships across various classes. One of this number is CNS Zibo (156), a ship displacing 7,500 tons and commissioned into service during 2020. She is currently assigned to the East Sea Fleet.

The vessel belongs to the Type 052D (Luyang III-class) group of which over 20 make up the lot. Construction of the class began in February 2012 and continues today (2023) with commissioned service following in March of 2014. The design is a dimensionally larger variant of the original Type 052C and improves upon the missile-minded Vertical Launching System (VLS) weapon system and reworks the Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar component.

CNS Zibo was built by the specialists at the Jiangnan Shipyard of Shanghai and was launched on August 14th, 2018. She was formally commissioned into service on January 12th, 2020.

Dimensionally, the ship has a running length of 528 feet with a beam of 57 feet and a draught down to 20 feet. The profile of the warship follows the established design lines of the class with a largely unobstructed forecastle seating only the deck gun and forward VLS. The bridge section is set high on the forward superstructure area and integrates the enclosed pyramidal mast and its associated sensors and processing systems. The smoke funnels are seated amidships and are of a low-profile enclosed design. A radar unit is positioned aft of the funnels and ahead of the aft-superstructure section - which leads out to the open-air helipad deck area.

Power is from a COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement to maximize economy and, therefore, operational range.

Aboard is a crew of 280 and sensors include the Type 346 radar as well as the Type 518 radar fits. The warship also carries a variable depth sonar in its hull and a towed array sonar system for submarine-hunting.

Armament is the typical modern mix of ballistic and missile solutions. The suite is led by a 130mm turreted deck gun. At the heart of the ship's attack arm is its 64-cell VLS which supports Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs) as well as land-attack cruise missiles and anti-ship missiles. There is also an HQ-10 series short-ranged 24-cell SAM launcher installed to deal with close-in aerial threats. The last line of defense is taken up by the Type 1130 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).

Over the stern of the vessel is supported a single Harbin Z-20 (or similar) navy helicopter optimized for over-the-horizon work as well as submarine and ship-hunting. The helipad is also useful in the at-sea resupply role while helicopters play a major role in Search-and-Rescue (SAR) operations when needed. Full-service hangar facilities are attached to the landing area to keep rotorcraft operational.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for CNS Zibo (156).
COmbined Diesel-Or-Gas (CODOG) arrangement involving 2 x QC-280 gas turbines with 2 x MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel units driving 2 x Shafts astern.
30.0 kts
34.5 mph
Surface Speed
4,519 nm
5,200 miles | 8,369 km
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of CNS Zibo (156).
528.2 ft
161.00 meters
O/A Length
57.0 ft
17.37 meters
20.0 ft
6.10 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of CNS Zibo (156).
1 x 130mm turreted deck gun over forecastle.
1 x 64-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS) supporting Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs), anti-ship missiles, and land-attack cruise missiles.
1 x 24-cell HQ-10 SAM launcher.
1 x Type 1130 Close-In Weapon System (CIWS).
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of CNS Zibo (156).
1 x Harbin Z-20 (or similar) navy helicopter operated from the stern-based helipad / hangar deck area.
Ships-in-Class (25)
Notable series variants as part of the CNS Zibo (156) family line as relating to the Type 052DL (Luyang III-class) group.
CNS Zibo (156)
Global operator(s) of the CNS Zibo (156). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): Jiangnan Shipyard Shanghai - China
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Image of the CNS Zibo (156)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Release.

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