CNS Tongling (629) is one of 72 Type 056 combat frigates deployed by the People's Liberation Army (PLAN). This design belongs to the modified Type 056A group (focusing on anti-submarine warfare - ASW), although both designs are known to NATO under the "Jiangdao" designation (and are classified as frigates).
These are powerful surface warships equipped with the latest sensors, processing systems and weapons - making them truly multi-role warships.
CNS Tongling is assigned to the PLAN's key South China Sea Fleet.
The vessel was commissioned in 2020 with a displacement in the 1,500-ton range. Its design features smooth plank sides, a low profile profile and an uninterrupted hull line from bow to stern. Overhangs on the deck are kept to a minimum to improve stealth quality. The bridge section is located aft of the forecastle, which houses a turret deck gun.
The mast is enclosed and integrated into the section between the bridge and the chimney. The anti-ship missile launcher is located between the mast and the funnel. The smoke funnel is closed and has a flat design. A hangar occupies the space behind the chimney and in front of the stern helipad and can accommodate a medium helicopter (usually a Harbin Z-9).
The helicopter can be equipped for anti-submarine warfare as well as maritime resupply, search and rescue and anti-ship operations.
Power comes from 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC diesel engines driving 2 x axles. This arrangement enables the warship to reach a top speed of 25 knots at sea and a range of up to 3,500 nautical miles.
The ship carries a Type 360 ??air/ground search radar system, a Type 347G fire control radar, a bow sonar and a towed sonar array.
Armament includes 1 x 76mm AK-176 series deck gun and foredeck turret, 2 x 30mm autocannons for close range work, 2 x Twin-Cell YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers (midship), 1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher and 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes. Overall, this extensive armament enables the ship to deal with air, sea and underwater threats with equal lethality.
As of February 2022, CNS Tongling (629) remains an active part of the Chinese naval surface fleet.
Liaonan Shipyard - China
Central Tongling (629)
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 Diesel Engine Drive 2 x Axle Rear.
25. 0 nodes
(4,027 miles | 6,481 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. 2 x 2 unit YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers. 1 x 8-cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) Launcher. 2 x 30mm automatic cannons. 2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes.
1 x medium helicopter (usually Harbin Z-9).