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New 6000 Tons Ocean Going Tug Boat Commissioned with PLAN North Sea Fleet

Naval Forces News - China
New 6000 Tons Ocean Going Tug Boat Commissioned with PLAN North Sea Fleet
The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) commissioned the first vessel of a new class of ocean going tug boat. The Bei Tuo (hull number 739) vessel displacing 6,000 tons was commissioned on July 20th with the PLAN North Sea Fleet during a ceremony held at the Qingdao naval base, in north China’s Shandong province.
6000 Tons Ocean Going Tug Boat Commissioned PLANPLAN's new ocean going tug boat Bei Tuo. Picture via Super Military Forum‏ @cjdby_net
The ocean going tug boat was launched in July 2016 at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou. It measures over 110 meters in length, 16 meters in width and is fitted with an helicopter deck forward.

According to a PLAN North Sea Fleet press release, the vessel's main missions will be the towing and assistance of medium to large displacement vessels.

Secondary mission includes at sea repairs of damaged ships and submarine rescue. The vessel can accommodate a number of mission modules (in containers).

Two more vessels of the class are currently being built at the same shipyard. The Bei Tuo class is the largest and most powerfull (14 000 kW) tug boat ever built forthe PLAN.

With information and pictures from our colleagues at Eastpendulum