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Chinese naval fleet comprising advanced warships heading to South China Sea for drill

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By Vasudevan Sridharan May 6, 2016 06:39 BST

A large Chinese naval fleet comprising advanced warships, which are equipped with helicopters, is heading to disputed regions in the South China Sea for key manoeuvres. Beijing’s latest show of force is thought to be aimed at countering the US’s recent activities in the region.

Three vessels – missile destroyer Hefei, missile frigate Sanya and supply ship Honghu – have already left the naval port in Hainan province to participate in the drills. The ships will soon be joined by two other missile destroyers Lanzhou and Guangzhou, and missile frigate Yulin.

Beijing says the drills are routine exercises intended to bolster the defence capabilities and combat readiness of the Chinese forces. Dozens of “special warfare” troops are also taking part in the exercises, which will also touch the east Indian Ocean and the west Pacific.

China has been locking horns with multiple nations over territorial claims on South China Sea islands. Though China unilaterally claims almost the entire energy-rich waters, several other nations including the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, and Vietnam have overlapping claims. Nearly one-third of the world’s oil trade passes through the region.

“China’s best warships will be deployed in the South Sea Fleet as a response to the US military ­activities, although both sides will carefully avoid any friction. It a demonstration of muscle,” Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military commentator, told the South China Morning Post.

The US has recently stepped up its military patrols in the region sparking frequent condemnations from Beijing. Both US ships and aerial forces have engaged in surveillance activities under the so-called freedom of navigational operations in international waters in the recent past, angering Beijing.

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Missile destroyer Hefei 174 Type 052D destroyer

Tonnage: 7500 tons
Length: 156 m
Beam: 18 m
Draught: 6.5 m
Propulsion: ·CODOG

·Two QC-280 gas turbine engines, each generates 28MW and two MTU 20V 956TB92 diesel engines, each generates 6 MW.

Speed: 30 knots
Complement: 280
Armament: ·1 × H/PJ-38 130mm dual purpose gun

·64 VLS

  •  

o          CY-5 series ASW missiles

o          CJ-10 LACM

o          YJ-18 or YJ-83 anti-ship missiles

o          HHQ-9 series long range SAM

o          DK-10A (possibly quad-packed) medium range SAM

·2 × 30 mm remote controlled gun

·1 × H/PJ-12 CIWS

·1 × HHQ-10 short range SAM in 24-cell launcher

·6 torpedo tubes

·4 × 18-tube decoy rocket launcher

Aircraft carried: 1 helicopter
Aviation facilities: ·Stern hangar

·Helicopter landing platform

Missile destroyers Lanzhou 兰州 170 Type 052C destroyer

Displacement: 7,000 tons
Length: 155.5 m
Beam: 17.2 m
Draught: 6.1 m
Propulsion: ·Combined diesel or gas

·2 DN80 / 2 QC-280 gas turbines each generating 24 MW / 28 MW and

·2 MTU Friedrichshafen 12V 1163TB83 diesels each generating 5 MW

Speed: 29 knots
Complement: 280
Armament: ·48 HHQ-9 long-range surface-to-air missiles

·8 C-805 anti-ship / land attack cruise missiles or

·8 HN-2 land attack cruise missiles or

·8 YJ-62 anti-ship / land attack cruise missiles

·1 × Type 210 100 mm dual purpose gun

·2 × 30mm Type 730 close-in weapons systems

·6 torpedo tubes

·4 × 18-tube decoy rocket launcher

Aircraft carried: 1 helicopter: Kamov Ka-27 or Harbin Z-9C ASW/SAR
Aviation facilities: ·Stern hangar

·Helicopter landing platform

Missile destroyers Guangzhou 广州 168 Type 052B destroyer

Displacement: ·5,850 tons standard

·6,500 tons full load

Length: 155 m
Beam: 17 m
Draught: 6 m
Propulsion: ·Combined diesel or gas

·57,000 shp

Speed: 30 knots
Complement: 280
Armament: ·16 YJ-83 anti-ship missiles

·48 SA-N-12 Grizzly surface-to-air missiles

·1× Type 210 100 mm dual purpose gun

·2 Type 730 CIWS

·2 anti-submarine mortars

·6 torpedo tubes

Aircraft carried: 1 helicopter: Kamov Ka-27
Aviation facilities: Single helicopter hangar

Missile frigate Sanya 三亚 574 Type 054A frigate

Missile frigate Yulin 玉林 569 Type 054A frigate

Type: Frigate
Displacement: 4,053 tonnes (full)(CCTV report)
Length: 134.1 m (440 ft)(CCTV report)
Beam: 16 m (52 ft) (CCTV report)
Propulsion: CODAD, 4 x Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC diesels, 5700 kW (7600+ hp @ 1084 rpm) each
Speed: 27 kn estimated
Range: 8025 nautical miles estimated
Complement: 165
Armament: ·1 × 32-cell VLS HQ-16 SAM / anti submarine rocket launcher

·2 × 4 C-803 anti-ship / land attack cruise missiles

·1 × PJ26 76 mm dual purpose gun

·2 × Type 730 7-barrel 30 mm CIWS guns

·2 × 3 324mm YU-7 ASW torpedo launchers

·2 × 6 Type 87 240mm anti-submarine rocket launcher (36 rockets carried)

·2 × Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers

Aircraft carried: 1 Kamov Ka-28 ‘Helix’ or Harbin Z-9C
Aviation facilities: hangar

Data from wikipedia.org

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