40Th Jiangdao-class Corvette is Launched

40Th Jiangdao-class Corvette is Launched 2 November, 2016

China has launched its 40th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette on 28 October at the Huangpu shipyard in the southern port city of Guangzhou.

The ship is the twelfth of the class to be constructed at the yard. Huangpu is one of four shipyards constructing the 1500-tonne Jiangdao-class corvettes at a rate of about one every six weeks.

The latest three are currently fitting out at Huangpu or are undergoing post-build sea trials. One of them is expected to enter service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) before the end of the year.

The corvettes are armed with four YJ-83 anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun, two triple-barrelled lightweight torpedo launchers, and an eight-cell HQ-10 short-range surface-to-air missile launcher.

The corvette provides a flight deck for a Z-9 helicopter for anti-submarine warfare.

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