China’s Coast Guard arms up with a new warship

(From Popular Science/Eastern Arsenal)

By Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer

In recent disputes with its neighbors, China’s civilian maritime forces, such as its Coast Guard and “fishermen militia”, have played key roles in acting on behalf of Chinese claims in the East and South China Seas. Thus, recent moves to upgrade its equipment matter greatly for regional security.

Already, the Chinese Coast Guard operates two of the largest Coast Guard ships in the world, a pair of 12,000 ton cutters that are even larger than US Navy Ticonderoga cruisers. Now, the Chinese Coast Guard is getting a cutter built off of an actual warship hull. “46301”, undergoing fitting at its shipyard, is based off the prolific Type 054A frigate, a 4,000 ton warship of which the PLAN will have a total of 24 in service. Read more

It Comes in White "46301" will bridge the gap between the CCG's enormous 12,000 ton Haijing 2901 and 3901 cutters, and a multitude of smaller ships under 2,000 tons. Using the Type 054A frigate hull, the "46301" and other Type 818 cutters will have facilities for carrying large numbers of CCG personnel and aircraft, and range, speed and endurance for long range maritime missions.

It Comes in White
“46301” will bridge the gap between the CCG’s enormous 12,000 ton Haijing 2901 and 3901 cutters, and a multitude of smaller ships under 2,000 tons. Using the Type 054A frigate hull, the “46301” and other Type 818 cutters will have facilities for carrying large numbers of CCG personnel and aircraft, and range, speed and endurance for long range maritime missions.

 



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