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China's 31st Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet

Naval Forces News - China
China's 31st Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN East Sea Fleet
A commissioning, naming and flag-presenting ceremony of the new Ezhou (hull number 513) Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) was held solemnly on January 18 at the Shacheng Naval Base (Fujian province). The event means the vessel is officially commissioned to the PLAN. Ezhou is the thirty-first Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet and the ninth Type 056A variant specialized in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).
Type 056A Corvette Ezhou 513 PLAN ChinaType 056 Corvette Ezhou during the commissioning ceremony
The vessel is the first corvette of the class to be commissioned this year. It joined the PLAN's East Sea Fleet. Last month, the PLAN commissioned three similar corvettes: Boading (hull number 511), Heze (hull number 512) and Ningde (hull number 510).

The Type 056A ASW variant features a towed array, dedicated ASW console and might be fitted with a new ASROC type system.

There are currently at least twelve more Type 056A and Type 056 corvettes at various stages of construction in Chinese naval shipyards. One of them (Liupanshui with hull number 514) will likely be commissioned by the end of March. The PLAN recently placed another procurement order for ten more corvettes of the class. Up to 12 corvettes of the type may be commissioned in the PLAN this year. Of the 70 corvettes of this type on order, 42 have already been launched.

With information from our colleagues at Eastpendulum.
Type 056 Corvette Ezhou
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