Chinese navy commissions new guided-missile frigate ‘Wuhai’
- January 22, 2018
China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 15 January.
The main duties of the Wuhai, will include patrolling, guarding, escorting missions, and working with other naval forces to strike enemy ships. It is also capable of engaging in anti-submarine warfare and other comprehensive maritime warfare.
The new version of Type 056 ships, including the Wuhai, are more equipped with anti-submarine weapons, and while these ships do not have shipboard hangars, they can accommodate anti-submarine helicopters, Song noted. The frigate also features stealth and electromagnetic compatibilities, the report said.
The Type 056 corvettes are 89 meters long and 12 meters wide, with a displacement of 1,300 tonnes.