A ceremony on delivery of China’s first new type 056 stealth frigate to the navy was held in Shanghai in the morning of February 25. Navy Commander-in-chief Wu Shengli attended and spoke at the ceremony.
According to official mouthpiece People’s Daily’s website people.com.cn, Cui Tieliang, a Chinese analyst serving as executing chief editor of “Modern Warships”, told its reporters in an interview that lots of such frigates will be built to replace China’s outdated Type 053 frigates and optimize China’s navy hardware in near sea defense.
The new type frigate is much better than older types in automation, technology and stealth characteristic, people.com.cn said.
No Chinese media has given details of the ship’s characteristics. Mil.huanqiu.com of Global Daily affiliated to People’s Daily, only says in its report that it has better stealth function and electromagnetic compatibility and has incorporated lots of advanced technology. The size of its crew is only one third of that in an old-typed one.
It says that such frigates will mainly been assigned the tasks of patrolling the sea to safeguard China’s national security and territorial integrity, which obviously means that it will mainly be used to patrol the disputed sea areas. SCMP, however, quotes Agence France Presse’ report from Beijing as saying, “The vessels would mainly be used for escort missions and anti-submarine operations”.
Chinese Navy’s website navy.81.cn publishes six photos of inside views of the new frigate to show off its strength.
Comprehensive post based on the reports of people.com. cn, navy.81.cn, mil.huanqiu.com, SCMP and Agence France Presse