The PLAN commissioned Jiangdao-class corvettes Baoding (seen here) and Heze into its East Sea Fleet on 12 December. Source: Via China Military Online
China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) commissioned its 28th and 29th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvettes at a naval port in Lianyungang in eastern Jiangsu Province on 12 December, according to the China Military Online website.
Baoding (hull number 511) and Heze (hull number 512), named respectively after the city of Baoding in Hebei Province and the city of Heze in Shandong Province, entered service with the PLAN's East Sea Fleet. Both ships had been launched in 2015.
According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships, corvettes of this class have a full load displacement of 1,500 tonnes.
The vessels are armed with four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun, two 30 mm cannons, two triple-barrelled lightweight torpedo launchers, and an eight-cell HQ-10 short-range launcher. The sensor suite comprises a Type 347G (LR 66) I-band fire-control radar and a bow-mounted sonar.
IHS Jane's had reported that a number of the class have enhanced anti-submarine capabilities (Type 056A) with towed and variable-depth sonars in addition to the hull-mounted sonar fitted to all of the class.
Although not equipped with a hangar, a Z-9 helicopter can be operated from the flight deck to either supplement the ship's sonar suite with airborne dipping sonar or provide the capability to engage a submarine at greater range than achievable with ship-launched torpedoes.
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