Built as one of the type 054 A frigate by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai for the Chinese Navy.
27 April 2011 launched as the PLAN YANCHENG 546.
Displacement 3,600 ton standard, 4,053 ton full load, dim. 134.1 x 16m.
Powered CODAG by four Shaanxi 16 PA6 STC diesels, 7,600 hp (5,700 kW), speed 27 knots.
Range about 8,025 miles.
Armament 1 – 32 cell VLS H)-16 SAM anti-submarine rockets launcher. 2 – 4 C-803 anti-ship/land attack cruise missiles. 1 – PJ26 76mm dual purpose gun. 2 – Type 730 7 barrel 30mm CIWA guns. 2 – 3 324 YU-7 ASW torpedo launchers. 2 – 6 Type 87 240mm anti-submarine rocket launchers, carried 36 rockets. 2 Type 726-4 18-tube decoy rocket launchers.
Carried 1 Kamov Ka-28 Helix or Harbin Z-9C helicopter.
05 June 2012 commissioned, where after she joined the North Sea Fleet in China.
The Type 054A (NATO codename Jiangkai II) frigate is a Chinese multi-role warship class, the first of which entered service with the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2007. The class is planned to comprise 22 vessels. As of 2014, 16 were in service, 4 were fitting out, and 2 were under construction. It is a development of the Type 054 frigate, using the same hull but with improved sensors and weapons.
The Type 054A was first revealed while under construction at the Guangzhou-based Huangpu Shipyard in 2005.
The Type 054A carries HQ-16 medium-range air defence missiles and various anti-submarine rockets in a VLS system. The HQ-16 provides area air defence from all engagement angles up to a range of 50 km, a considerable improvement over the HQ-7 carried on the Type 054 which have inferior range and limited engagement angles. Contrary to HQ-9 VLS on Type 052C destroyer which adopts a cold launch method, HQ-16 appears to adopt a hot launch method instead, with the same design principle of US Mk 41 VLS: a shared common exhaust system is sited between the two rows of rectangular launching tubes. The VLS system is also capable of firing anti-submarine missile.
The 4 AK-630 close-in weapon systems (CIWS) of the Type 054 were replaced with 2 Type 730 CIWS on the Type 054A. The autonomous Type 730 provides improved reaction time against close-in threats.
The 100 mm main gun on earlier Type 054 class is replaced by H/PJ26 stealthy 76 mm dual purpose gun mount, which is a Chinese development of Russian AK-176. The adoption of smaller calibre gun is the result of the need of higher rate of fire for air defense, including sea-skimming anti-ship missiles. H/PJ26 utilizes advanced synthetic material such as fibre glass to a much greater degree than the original AK-176, resulting in over 30% of weight reduction to 11.5 ton of H/PJ26, as opposed to the 16.8+ tons of AK-176.
Another improvement of Type 054A over the original Type 054 (as well other older ships in the People's Liberation Army Navy) is its information systems (IS) for maintenance and inventory control, which automatically provides information to shore based facilities or supply ships on the parts in need, to the last detail, so that parts in need can be provided more quickly. The resulting down time due to maintenance & repair is reduced to a fraction of what it is for older vessels without this IS system. The Chinese have termed this IS for maintenance and inventory control another force multiplier because it increased availability for deployment by reducing downtime.
The Type 054A retains its predecessor's stealth features, including sloped hull design, radar absorbent materials, and a clean profile.
An improved variant, sometimes called the Type 054A+, launched from Huangpu Shipyard in 2009.
Type 054A frigate made first operational deployment to Gulf of Aden, when FFG-570 HUANGSHAN set sail as part of 2nd Escort Flotilla/Task Group 167 on 2nd April 2009, the Escort Flotilla arrive there on 13th April 2009, and take over form 1st Escort Flotilla/Task Group 169 on 15th April 2009. Since then 11 type 054A have deployed to Gulf of Aden for anti-piracy operations.
In the lead-up to the Libyan civil war, the FFG-530 XUZHOU was deployed from anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to help evacuate Chinese nationals from Libya.
In January 2014, the FFG-546 YANCHENG was redeployed from anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden to the eastern Mediterranean Sea to escort Syrian chemical weapons destined for destruction. She escorted seven rounds of escort for vessels removing chemical weapons from Syria before returning to the waters off Somalia.
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