CNS Chaozhou (595) is for the modern Chinese Navy (formerly the People's Liberation Army Navy, or "Plan"). The service uses all types of modern ships, both surface and underwater, and frigates are a key component of the entire surface warfare fleet.
The Type 056 is distributed in the Baltic Fleet, North Sea Fleet, Hong Kong and South China Sea Fleet, and currently (2021) has a total of 72 warships and is also used by the Bangladesh Navy.
NOTE: The Chinese Navy classifies the Type 056 as a "missile frigate", while Western sources refer to its size, displacement and capabilities as more similar to a frigate.
Chaozhou (595) was officially put into production in 2014. It is a 1,500-ton, multi-purpose vessel of blue water quality, capable of operating as part of a main battle fleet/task force, while operating in shallow water through a draft of only 13 feet. The ship is 300 feet long and 36.5 feet wide.
Power comes from 2 SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel engines driving 2 shafts under the stern, enabling the warship to reach speeds of nearly 25 knots and a range of up to 3,500 nautical miles (4,000 miles) at 16 knots.
There were seventy-eight people on board. The installed systems include the Type 360 ??air search radar system and the Type 347G fire control radar, giving the ship modern combat capabilities. The bow has sonar seats and is also equipped with a towed sonar array. The helipad is located above the stern section to support the launch and recovery of a single medium helicopter (this is usually the Harbin Z-9 offshore model).
Drones can be launched from warships for target practice.
The shape of the vessel includes standard design features common to all contemporaries of the same or similar classification; unobstructed forecastle, midship flat/closed funnel, closed mast. The superstructure is integrated into the fuselage and has a very modern streamlined appearance and stealth qualities.
A main gun with a turret is located on the first floor as usual.
The ship has a very low profile, giving it an inherent defensive advantage in range.
The weapon is a mix of ballistic and missile weapons, led by a single 76mm main gun of the AK-176 series with a turret. There are also 2 30mm automatic cannons, while the missile-guided armament is concentrated on 2 dual-cell missile launchers with YJ-83 series anti-ship missiles, and there is a single 8-cell missile launcher system for the FL. 3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) family.
The attack mass of the ship is completed by 2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes. All in all, the ship is well-equipped to defend against regional and global adversaries, and is well equipped to deal with a wide range of air, surface, land and underwater threats.
To date, CNS Chaozhou has participated in several major exercises related to the Chinese fleet, which often involve combat training and "show-of-strength" objectives.
Year of Service
Type 056: CNS Xinyang (501); Suzhou (503); Central Qinhuangdao (505); Central Baoding (511); Central Nervous System Heze (512); Central Datong (580); Central Yingkou (581); Central Bengbu (582); Central Shangrao (583); Central Meizhou (584); Central Bear Market (585); Central Nervous System Ji'an (586); Central Jieyang (587); Central Quanzhou (588); Central Qingyuan (589); Central Nervous System Weihai (590); Unnamed (591); Central Nervous System Luzhou (592); Unnamed (595); Central Huizhou (596); Central Qinzhou (597); Type 056A: Central Huangshi (502); Central Nervous System System Sanmenxia (593); Central Zhuzhou (594); Chinese Navy plans to build about 71 similar ships; Bangladesh: Shadhinota (F111); Prototype (F112); Song (F113); Prottasha (F114) Nigeria: Centennial (F91) ;Unit(F92)
Maritime bombardment/attack of surface targets/areas primarily through ship-based ballistic weapons.
Nearshore activities in support of Allied activities.
Littoral attacks against surface targets primarily through ship-based missiles/missile weapons.
Active patrolling of critical waterways and sea areas; also serves as a local deterrent against air and maritime threats.
Neutralization or deterrence of flying elements by airborne missile weapon ballistics.
Provide support (fire or materiel) to major surface fleets in blue water environments.
The hull of the vessel is designed to operate in coastal/shallow water environments.
The main armament is mounted in the main turret arrangement providing enhanced protection.
Airborne systems warn and protect ships from airborne and low-altitude ballistic and/or missile threats.
On the horizon
The ship is granted over-the-horizon combat capability, usually provided by a launched fixed-wing/rotary-wing aircraft.
The ship supports long-range missile launches to air, sea or land-based targets; typical of modern design.
Able to launch torpedoes at distant targets.
300. 0 feet
13. 0 feet
2 x SEMT-Pielstick PA6-STC marine diesel engines drive 2 x axles at the stern.
25. 0 nodes
(4,000 miles | 6,437 kilometers)
kts = nodes | mph = miles per hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = miles 1 kts = 1.15mph | 1 nautical mile = 1.15 kilometers | 1 nautical mile = 1.85 kilometers
1 x 76mm AK-176 deck gun and turret. 1 x 8 Cell Rocket Launcher (SAM) (FL-3000N). 2 x Dual Cell Anti-Ship Missile Launchers (YJ-83). 2 x 30mm automatic cannons. 2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes.
1 Harbin Z-9 offshore helicopter, operated from the stern helipad.