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Hanzhong (520) - Type 056 (Jiangdao) class corvette
« on: January 31, 2019, 10:40:36 AM »
China's 34th Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Commissioned in PLAN South Sea Fleet | Navy Recognition- 17 July 2017

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The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) just commissioned the new Type 056 Corvette (Jiangdao class) Hanzhong (hull number 520) during a ceremony in a South Sea Fleet naval base. Hanzhong is the thirty-fourth Type 056 Corvette delivered to the PLAN fleet and the twelveth Type 056A variant specialized in anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

The vessel is the fourth corvette of the class to be commissioned this year. It joined the PLAN's South Sea Fleet and will be based in the Southern city of Beihai, on the north shore of the Gulf of Tonkin.

Hanzhong was launched at the Huangpu Shipyard on May 20, 2016. It is the 11th ship of the class built in Guangzhou. The corvette also received the honorary title of "Hero Patroler", previously carried by the Haiqing-class submarine chaser Ding'an (Type 037IS) decommissioned in June 2016.

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


Type 056A Corvette Hanzhong during the commissioning ceremony. Source: Navy Recognition