China converting old frigates into coastguard cutters

12:16:00 AM
BEIJING, -- Work appears to be underway to modify a number of Type 053H2G 'Jiangwei I'-class frigates for transfer from the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the China Coast Guard.

Photographs show two 'Jiangwei I' frigates alongside at a naval shipyard in Pudong, Shanghai, one of which has had most of its armament removed and the hull painted white. Limited work has been undertaken on the second so far.

According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , four ships of the 'Jiangwei I' class were built and commissioned between 1991 and 1994. With a length of 112 m and beam of 12 m, the ships displace around 2,300 tonnes in naval guise, with 2 shafts driven by two diesel engines.

The ship undergoing modification has had the YJ-83 anti-ship missile launchers, HQ-61 surface-to-air missile (SAM) launcher and the twin 100 mm gun turret removed, as well as the two aft twin 37 mm gun mountings. The two forward twin 37 mm mountings are currently still in place.





China appears to be transferring at least two of its Type 053H2G 'Jiangwei I'-class frigates from the People's Liberation Army Navy to the China Coast Guard.


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