Chinese Coast Guard bolsters fleet with Type 054A missile frigate-type ship

10:45:00 PM
BEIJING, -- Images of what appears to be a new-build China Coast Guard (CCG) ship resembling the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 054A Jiangkai II-class guided-missile frigate with CCG livery are being circulated on Chinese internet forums and blogs.

The images first appeared in late May 2016 and show a vessel, bearing pennant number 46301, in the water and undergoing further paint work.

According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , the Type 054A is 134 m long, has a beam of 16 m and a draught of 5 m. The platform can accommodate one helicopter in its hangar, has a top speed of 27 kt, and a standard range of 3,800 n miles at 18 kt. The PLAN currently operates a fleet of 22 Type 054As.

However, unlike the PLAN ships, the coastguard vessel may not be equipped with a 32-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section, and would be unlikely to feature any submarine prosecution capabilities. It also remains to be seen if the platform will retain the 76 mm main gun found on the PLAN ships because the vessel has yet to be outfitted with any weapon or sensor system components.

Given precedence from recent CCG vessel inductions, 46301 will likely be fitted with non-lethal capabilities such as water cannons, alongside the more conventional weapon systems.

The vessel will be able to accommodate a crew of about 160.

An internet image of what appears to be a Type 054A frigate in China Coast Guard livery.

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