Saturday, August 04, 2012

The commissioning of 056 class covette 586 in Wuhan

How could we have missed this one?

While everyone is focusing on the four Type056 Class corvettes under construction in Guangzhou and Shanghai, a fifth type 056 corvette is now commissioned in Wuhan.  This unexpected development is suggesting that there are three known Chinese shipyards involved with the 056 class corvette project.

Expect a long and serial run of this new class of ship. 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

056 Class Corvette Project Update

According to folks from Hudong Shipyard in Shanghai, the lead boat of the 056 Class Corvette will be launched "within days".  Given Hudong's track record, this should come as no surprise.  

Second boat from Guangzhou HuangPu shipyard is not far behind

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Could this be the first photos of Type 056 light corvette under construction?

We will know soon enough.

MSA 74 to the left, Type 054A number 15 (17th overall) at the right,  Type056 in the middle?
  Guangzhou's Huangpu Shipyard

Photos taken from Shanghai 

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Type 056 Light Corvette.

A model of the new Type 056 Light Corvette was presented to Hong Kong University by the deputy commander of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison, Major General Wang Junli (here) on November 4th 2010. Since then, it was speculated that this 1500 ton corvette could be the possible replacement of the Jianghu class workhorse. This could be credible since the two leading Chinese naval affairs magazines covered the Type056 in their current issues.

Chinese shipyards are capable of building such a corvette -- it bears a resemblance to the Thai Navy's Pattani-class OPV which China exported in 2006. The Type 056 would up-gun the Thai OPV with four YJ-3/C803 ASM and a FL-3000N RAM launcher aft.


Saturday, June 02, 2012

HuangPu’s Type 056 K596 Huizhou launched.

Together with her three sisters (597, 598 and 599) K596 (FFL596??) Huizhou will likely to form a new patrol squadron under the Hong Kong Garrison Command  

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