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Shuoshi II (class)


Coast Guard Patrol Cutter


China | 2016



"The Chinese Coast Guard currently makes use of four of the powerful Shuoshi II-class warships in the deterrent and support roles."



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The modern Chinese Coast Guard (CCG) operates a fleet of four Shuoshi II-class warships in the patrol cutter role. These ships are designed for Blue Water service, presumably supporting all weather conditions, and are deployed in maritime deterrent and general support roles. The ships-in-class displace 5,800 tons and were constructed locally in Chinese shipyards while largely mimicking the dimensions and capabilities of the American Legend-class cutters.

The class is considered a large coast guard ship by modern standards and forms a potent trio of patrol types that includes the Shucha II-class and Zhaolai-class. Of these three classes available, the Shuoshi II is regarded as the most-capable "multi-mission" platform for Blue Water service.

The ship boasts modern capabilities including a turreted deck gun seated atop a platform over the forecastle. The hull superstructure is noticeably stepped in its design with the bridge section offering a commanding view of the ocean ahead. Atop the bridge section is a single mast supporting all manner of sensors and processing systems as well as communications antenna. The smoke funnels are concentrated amidships and the hull superstructure then steps down to form a helipad over the stern (with full-service hangar facilities). The vessel supports a single medium-lift rotorcraft for Over-the-Horizon (OtH), at-sea resupply, and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. Aft of the helipad platform is a working area to support at-sea, Blue Water rescue operations.

Ballistic armament is limited by a single 76mm gun set within a traversing turret ahead (and below) the bridge. Beyond that, the vessel also carries a powerful watercannon to fend off intruders or potential boarders. Personal weapons carried by the crew are also noted.

Overall length of the hull reaches 130 meters with a beam measuring 16 meters.

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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 Shuoshi II (class).
COmbined Diesel-And-Gas (CODAG); 2 x Marine diesels with 1 x Gas turbine driving 1 x Shaft astern.
Propulsion
28.5 kts
32.8 mph
Surface Speed
12,166 nm
14,000 miles | 22,531 km
Range
Structure
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of Shuoshi II (class).
115
Personnel
Complement
426.5 ft
130.00 meters
O/A Length
52.5 ft
16.00 meters
Beam
22.5 ft
6.86 meters
Draught
5,800
tons
Displacement
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of Shuoshi II (class).
1 x 76mm turreted deck gun.
1 x high-powered water cannon.
Air Arm
Available supported fixed-wing / rotary-wing aircraft featured in the design of Shuoshi II (class).
1 x Medium-lift helicopter supported from the stern-based helipad (full-service hangar deck included).
Ships-in-Class (4)
Notable series variants as part of the Shuoshi II (class) family line as relating to the Shuoshi II-class group.
Haijing 1501; Haijing 2501; Haijing 2502; Haijing 3501
Operators
Global operator(s) of the Shuoshi II (class). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.
National flag of China

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Image of the Shuoshi II (class)
Image from the Chinese Ministry of Defense; Public Domain.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to seaborne requirements.
BLUE WATER SERVICE
SHIP-TO-SHORE
Recognition
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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