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China's 30th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet.

| 2016
Naval Forces News - China
China's 30th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ningde (hull number 510) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly today at the Xiamen Naval Base (a port city on China’s southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ningde is the thirtieth Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet.
Type 056 corvette Ningde 510 PLAN ChinaType 056 Corvette Ningde during the commissioning ceremony
The vessel is the seventh corvette of the class to be commissioned this year. It joined the PLAN's East Sea Fleet. Earlier this month, the PLAN commissioned two similar corvettes: Boading (hull number 511) and Heze (hull number 512).

There are currently at least eleven more Type 056A and Type 056 corvettes at various stages of construction in Chinese naval shipyards. One of them (Ezhouare with hull number 513) will likely be commissioned very shortly. The PLAN recently placed another procurement order for ten more corvettes of the class. Therefore, as of today, close to 70 corvettes of this type have been ordered by the PLAN (with 40 hulls launched so far since the start of the programme in 2011).
Type 056 corvette Ningde 510 PLAN China 2Type 056 Corvette Ningde during the commissioning ceremony
According to a Chinese MOD statement, Type 056 Corvettes are new-generation light guided missile frigates independently developed by China. It has a length of 89 meters, a beam of 11 meters and a full-load displacement of 1,500 tons.

The warship, independently developed, designed and constructed by China, is equipped with a variety of weapons and equipment, and is featured by good stealth performance, strong compatibility, and a wide range of applications of advanced technologies.

After commissioned to the PLAN, the warship will perform such missions as patrolling, alert, fishery protection, escort, antisubmarine operation and anti-surface operation.

Link to Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) datasheet

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