The CNS Wuzhou (626) is the most advanced surface fighter in service with the Chinese Navy. It is classified as a frigate and is part of the South China Sea Fleet. With excellent endurance, high speed, and a wide range of weaponry, it plays a crucial role in China's presence in the Pacific. Built to the Type 056A standard, a total of 72 hulls were constructed. This new type succeeded the previous Type 037 frigate series.
The warship features a modern design with slatted sides, a stepped hull approach, and a flat silhouette. The main tower is positioned above the forecastle, and the bridge structure is located at the stern. The main mast is integrated into the rear of the bridge superstructure. The superstructure extends from the rear of the forecastle to the front of the helipad, with a fully enclosed flat flue amidships. The rear fuselage superstructure contains a hangar area, additional sensors, and weapons.
The ship has a displacement of 1,500 tons, an overall length of 300 feet, a beam of 36.5 feet, and a draft of 13 feet. Its shallow draft allows it to operate close to shore. Propulsion is provided by two SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC diesel units, enabling a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 3,500 nautical miles.
Equipped with advanced sensors, processing systems, and weapons, the ship is capable of dealing with modern maritime threats. It has a Type 360 radar for air surface searches and a Type 347G fire control system for managing engagements. The bow is fitted with a sonar system, and the vessel can deploy towed arrays and variable depth units as needed.
Weaponry includes 76mm AK-176 deck gun turrets, a pair of H/PJ-17 series 30mm automatic cannons for close-range combat, an eight-cell FL-3000N rocket launcher for surface-to-air missiles, and a pair of twin-cell YJ-83 anti-ship missiles for long-range attacks. The ship also carries triple 324mm torpedo tubes.
Located at the rear of the ship is a helipad and hangar deck area that supports medium lift helicopters. Typically, the Harbin Z-9 rotorcraft is deployed on board, equipped for various operations such as anti-ship, anti-submarine, search and rescue, reconnaissance, and artillery guidance.
Service Years: 2019
Status: In service
Class: Model 056A
Class Size: 72 ships
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.
Able to fire torpedoes at distant targets.
Length: 300. 0 feet (91.44m)
Ray: 36.5 feet (11.13m)
Draft: 13. 0 feet (3.96m)
Shift: 1,500 t
Installed Power: 2 x SEMT Pielstick PA6-STC Marine Diesel Engine Drive 2 x Axle Stern.
Surface Velocity: 25. 0 nodes (28.8 km/h)
Area: 3,476nm (4,000 miles | 6,437 kilometers)
1 x 76mm AK-176 deck gun and turret.
1 x 8 cell FL-3000N Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher.
2 x 2 cell YJ-83 Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launchers.
2 x 30mm H/PJ-17 automatic cannons.
2 x 324 mm triple torpedo tubes.
1 x Harbin Z-9 Medium Lift Naval/Navy (or similar) helicopter supported by the aft helipad/hangar deck area.