Dec 28, 2011

Future of the Chinese Navy

Toward the 2nd rank, at full speed !

Cartography:
Of the entire Chinese land aera, only 2,8% were of water (50 000 Rivers/Lakes).
Coastlines:
14,500 km (around 9,010 mi) , 5000 islands. A EEZ of 877,019 km2, and up to another 3,000,000 km2 claimed by China, disputed by others.

Personnal Strenght: 255 000 (included 40 000 conscript)

Up to 1 to 4 ??? Aircraft Carriers

Toward 2 or 3 indigenous carriers ???
Maybe 2 ships already under initial building process ???. All possible informations & rumors circulate around the web (project 080 to 089 ???)...... From 50,000 to 80,000 + tons ship, with none to 4 catapults, with or without nuclear propulsion, in CATOBAR or STOBAR configuration ?. Even though it seems certain that the Chinese have understood that the large (and EXPENSIVE) 80 000+ tons nuclear aircrafts carriers have no future by 2030+......As usual, wait & see...

1 "Shilang"

("Shilang"). 53 000/67 000 tons, 300 meters (former late 1980's russian Varyag CV). Transferred by 2001. To be commissioned by 2012+ and to remain in service at least until late 2020's/early 2030's.

Certainly,
the Chinese aim to have a fleet of 3-5 Carriers (but no more). This is sufficient for their future needs...


Up to 8+ (12 ?) AAW Destroyers
Up to 4+ ? Type 052D

Rumors suggest the possible development of a new class of 8000/10 000 Chinese AAW destroyers (Type 052D ?). But it is likely that the Chinese are waiting to see the American decisions on future (2020's-2050's) U.S destroyers (Arleigh Burke Flight III or future DDG (X) ?) before choosing ....WAIT & SEE

Up to 6 Luyang II (Type 052C)
(Lanzhou, Haikou, 4 others currently under construction). 6500+ tons, 153+ meters (Chinese Type 052C). First 2 commissioned by 2004/2005, the second batch of 4 DDG commissioned by 2012/2014, likely to remain in service until mid/late 2030's/early 2040's.


2 Luzhou (Type 051C)
(Shenyang, Shijiazhuang). 7000 tons, 155 meters (Chinese Type 051C, built around the S-300 SAM system). Commissioned by 2006/2007, likely to remain in service until mid 2030's.

+/- 18 Multi-Role Destroyers
2 Luyang I (Type 052B)
(Guangzhou, Wuhan). 5800 tons, 154 meters (Chinese Type 052B). Commissioned by 2004, maybe to receive VLS modernisation by mid/late 2010's ??? (but no sure...), likely to remain in service until early 2030's.

1 Luhai
(Type 051B)
(Shenzhen). 6000+ tons, 153 meters (Chinese Type 051B). Commissioned by 1999, likely to remain in service until late 2020's.

2 Luhu (Type 052) (Harbin, Qingdao). 4800 tons, 148 meters (Chinese Type 052). Commissioned by 1993/1996, likely to remain in service until mid 2020's.

4 Hangzhou/Sovremenny

(Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Taizhou, Ningbo). 7000+ tons, 156 meters (Ex 1980's Russian Sovremenny DDG). Transferred by 1999/2006, likely to remain in service until mid 2020's.

2 Luda-III (Type 051 G1/G2)
(Zhanjiang, Zhuhai). 3500 tons, 132 meters (Chinese Type 051 G1/G2). Commissioned by 1991/1993, likely to be retired by late 2010's.

11 Luda-I/II
(Type 051)
(Yinchuan, Xining, Dalian, Nanjing, Hefei, Chongqing, Zunyi, Nanning, Nanchang, Guilin, Kaifeng). 3200+ tons, 132 meters (Chinese Type 051). Commissioned by 1972/1991, now ageing/obsolete DD, all likely to be retired from service in the next few years (by mid 2010's).

Frigates
Up to 12+ ? Jiangkai-III
(Type 054B)
Design likely under final stage. With the probable end of the "production line" of type 054A FFG, the first type 054B should appear in the next few years.

15 to 18+ ? Jiangkai-II
(Type 054A)
(530 Xuzhou, 529 Zhoushan, 570 Huangshan, 568 Chaohu, 571 Yuncheng, 569 Yulin, 548 Yiyang, 549 Changzhou, 538 Yantai, 546 Yancheng, 550 Siping, maybe 572 & 547 were the 14th & 15th ships currently under completion, maybe few other still in order ?). 4300 tons, 134 meters (Chinese Type 054 A). Commissioned by early 2008+...

2 Jiangkai-I (Type 054)
(Maanshan, Wenzhou). 4300 tons, 134 meters (Chinese Type 054). Commissioned by 2005/2006.

10 Jiangwei-II
(Type 053H3)
(Yichang, Jiaxing, Lianyungang, Putian, Sanming, Yulin, Yuxi, Xiangfan, Mianyang, Luoyang). 1900/2400 tons, 112/114 meters (Chinese Type 053H3). Commissioned by 1998/2006, still +/- modern warships, likely to remain in service until late 2010's/early 2020's.

4 Jiangwei-I (Type 053H2G)
(Anqing, Huainan, Huaibei, Tonqing). 1700/2100 tons (Chinese Type 053H2G). Commissioned by 1991/1994. Now progressively ageing & obsolete FFG. Likely to be retired from service by mid/late 2010's.

6 Jianghu-V (Type 053 H1G)
(Zigong, Kangding, Dongguan, Shantou, Jiangmen, Zhaoging). 1400/1700 tons, 103+ meters (Type 053 H1G). Commissioned by 1993/1996. Now ageing & obsolete (hull/weapons) FFG. Likely to be retired from service by mid/late 2010's.

1 Jianghu-IV
(Type 053HT-H)
(Siping). 1600/1800 tons, 103+ meters (Chinese Type 053HT-H). Commissioned by 1986. Now renamed "Lushun" and transferred to Chinese Naval Academy as a training ship.

3 Jianghu-III
(Type 053HT/H2)
(Huangshi, Wuhu, Cangzhou). 1600/1800 tons, 103+ meters (Chinese 053HT/H2). Commissioned by 1986/1993. Now ageing & obsolete (hull/weapons) FFG. Likely to be retired from service by mid/late 2010's.

5 ? Jianghu-II (Type 053H1)
(Linfen, Shaoguan, Anshun, Zhaotong, Jishou). (Type 053H1). 1400/1700 tons, 103+ meters (Type 053H1). Now fully obsolete (hull/weapons/sensors) FFG, few others FFG already retired from service. Likely to be retired very soon, all by early 2010's.

+/- 8 Jianghu-I (Type 053)
(Nantong, Wuxi, Huauyin, Zhenjiang, Ji'ian, Changzhi, Maoming, Yibin). (Chinese Type 053). 1400/1700 tons, 103+ meters. Now fully obsolete (hull/weapons/sensors) FFG, some already from service. All llikely to be retired very soon, all by early 2010's.

Ageing/Obsolete frigate "Jiujiang (Jianghu-I) converted into a fire support ship, with rockets launchers.
Severals Corvettes
Severals Type 056

+/- 1400 tons, 90 meters (Chinese Type 056 Corvette/OPV). Likely severals units (one or two dozens ?) planned or under construction. These 056 type corvettes are planned to replace the ageing Hainan/Shangai PB's. First type 056 to be commissioned by late 2012+

89 to 109 ? Fast Attack Missiles Crafts +/- 68 to 80+ Houbei (Type 022)
250 tons, 43+ meters (Type 022/C-14). Real number of crafts completed difficult to find. All commissioned by mid 2000's/early 2010's.

5 to 7 ? Houjian
(770, 771, 772, 773, 774, 775, 776 ?). 540 tons, 65+ meters (Project 520T/037-II). Commissioned by 1991/2001. One ship sunk in accident by 2006.

16 to 22 Houxin

(651, 652, 653, 654, 655, 656, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 760, 764, 765, 766, 767, 768, 769). 450+ tons, 62 meters (Type 343M/037-II or 037-IG ?). Commissioned by 1991/2004.

+/- 172 to 193 Patrol Crafts (Mid Shore Patrol Crafts)
78 ? to 97 ? Hainan
(275-285, 290, 302, 305, 609, 610, 618-622, 626-629, 636-687, 689-692, 701, 707, 723-733, 740-742...). 390+ tons, 58+ meters (Type 037). Commissioned by 1964/1995, dozens of crafts already retired from service. The +/- 80 remaining crafts very likely expected to be retired in the following years, by mid 2010's...

17 to 18 Haizhui
(1203-1204, 1208, 1239-1240, 2327-2329, 4339, 4340-4348). 150+ tons, 41 meters (Type 062/062-I). Commissioned by 1992/1998.

35 to 36 Haiqing

(661-614, 631-635, 710-717, 743-744, 761-764, 786-797). 470+ tons, 62+ meters (Type 037-I). Commissioned by 1992/1997.
+/- 40 Shangahi-II
120+ tons, 38+ meters (Type 062). Commissioned by 1962/1988, dozens of crafts already retired from service. The +/- 40 remaining crafts very likely expected to be retired in the following years, by mid 2010's...

2 Haijiu

(693, 697). 450 tons, 62 meters (enlarged Hainan PB). Commissioned by 1987/1995

Up to 6 ? Submarines (SSBN)
Up to 3+ ? (Type 96)
Likely under development, because of weaknesses in the type 094.

2+ Jin (Type 094)
(2 Jin's confirmed, a another third ship uncertain ?? maybe up to 3 others under construction but maybe unlikely ?). 8000/9000 tons (Chinese type 094 SSBN). First two commissioned around 2006/2010. But it seems that these type 094 are noisy. For this, Chinese should not build units "3 to 6" and are already designing the next SSBN (Type 96 ?)

1 Xia
(Type 092)
(406). 6500/7000 tons, 120 meters (Chinese type 092 SSBN). Commissioned by 1983-1988. Likely to remain in service at least until late 2010's.

Certainly,
the Chinese aim to have a fleet of 4-5 SSBN (but no more). This will be sufficient as a deterrent against the U.S...


5+ Submarines (SSN)

Up to 3+ Type 095
Likely under development, because of weaknesses in the type 093. First Type 095 expected to be commissioned by 2015...

2+ Shang (Type 093)
(2 Shang's confirmed, up to 4 others under construction ?). 6000/7000 tons, (Chinese type 093 SSN). First two commissioned by 2006/2010. But it seems that these type 093 are noisy. For this, Chinese should not build units "3 to 6" and are already designing the next SSBN (Type 95 ?)

3 Han
(403, 404, 405). 4500/5500 tons, 106+ meters (Chinese Type 091 SSN). Commissioned by 1984/1991. 2 first SSN of this class (401/402) already retired from service. The 3 remaining SSN to last until late 2010's.

Certainly, the Chinese aim to have a fleet of 5-6 SSN (but no more). This will be sufficient as a deterrent against the U.S Fleet...

Submarines (SSK)
Up to 1+ Qing (Type 041/041B ?)
Around 4500/6000 tons, 90/95 meters (Maybe Type 041 or 041B ?, likely derived from olders Russian SSK design, maybe used as a SSG or a Weapon/Missiles Trials Submarine ?). Commissioned by 2011, likely to remain in service until late 2030's/early 2040's.

6+ Yuan
(Type 039 A/B)
(330, .....). Commissioned by 2006+

Up to 12 Song-III (Type 039G1)
(313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329). 1700/2100 tons, 76+ meters (Chinese type 039G1 SSK). Commissioned around 2005/2009.

3 Song-II (Type 039G)
(321, 322, 323). 1700/2200 tons, 76+ meters (Chinese type 039G SSK). Commissioned by 2001/2003.

1 Song-I (Type 039)
(320). 1700/2200 tons, 76+ meters (Chinese type 039 SSK). Commissioned by 1999.

6 improved Ming (Type 035B)
(305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310). 1500/2100 tons, 78 meters (Chinese type 035B, improved Ming). Commissioned by 1998/2001, likely to remain in service until late 2020's.

+/- 12 Ming
(Type 053G)
(342, 352, 353, 354, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363). 1500/2100 tons, 76 meters (Chinese type 053G, derived from Russian 1950's Romeo SSK). Commissioned by 1987/1996. Now obsolete SSK, likely to be retired by late 2010's.

10 Kilo-II

(366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375). 2300/3900 tons, 70/74 meters (Russian 636/636M Kilo SSK). Commissioned by 1997/2007.

2 Kilo-I

(364, 365). 2300/3900 tons, 70/74 meters (Russian 877 EKM Kilo SSK). Commissioned by 1995

3 to 8 Romeo
(Type 033)
1300/1700 tons, 76+ meters (Type 033). Commissioned by 1960/1984.
Now fully obsolete SSK, only usable as a training sub or floating battery (and maybe for intelligence ops ?). Now longer in service, they must all be disarmed in the coming years, by 2015.

Midget-Submarines, UUV/ROUV/AUV
Existence of severals midget-submarines and dozens of UUV/ROUV/AUV confirmed

Mine-Warfare (One of the major weaknesses of the Chinese fleet)
1 Wozang
(Huoqiu/804). (heavily modified Type 082 Wosao MCM). Commissioned by 2005.

4+ Wochi (Type 081)
(805 ? Zhangjiagang, 810 ? Jingjiang, 839, 840). 575 tons, 55 meters (Chinese Type 081 MCM). Commissioned by 2007+.
1 Wolei
(Wolei). 3100 tons, 93+ meters (Chinese Type 918 Minelayer). Commissioned by 1988.

Up to 5 Wosao
(800, 801, 802, 803, 806). 320 tons, 44+ meters (Chinese Type 082 coastal MCM). Commissioned during 1980's.

Up to 40 ? T-43 s
(364-366, 377-379, 386-389, 396-397, 398-399, 801-803, 807-809, 821-823, 829-832, 853-854, 863, 994-996...). 570 tons, 58+ meters (Chinese type 6610, derived from Russian 1950's T-43 MCM). Commissioned by 1956-late 1980's. Now fully obsolete......but effective ships !...

Futi
(Type 312 mine-sweeping drone).


Large Amphibious Ships
Up to 3+ ? future LHD ?

After the development of the Type 071 LPD (and the need for very versatile larger amphibious ships...). It is certain that the Chinese fleet will build helicopter carriers. Many rumors speak of a type 081 (probably similar to the current European LHD's). 2 or 3 units should be built in the 2010's...WAIT & SEE
Up to 4+ Yuzhao (type 071)
(998, 999, 2 others under construction). +/- 20 000 tons, 210 meters (Chinese Type 071 LPD). Commissioned by 2007+

Medium Amphibious Ships
+/- 7 Yukan (Type 072 LST)
(927, 928, 929, 930, 931, 932, 933). 3100+ tons, 119+ meters (Type 072). Commissioned by around 1978/1982.

10 or 11 Yuting-I (Type 072-II LST)
(908, 909, 910, 934, 935, 936, 937, 939, 940, 941...). 3400/4800 tons, 119+ meters (Type 072-II). Commissioned by 1991/2001.

9 to 12 ? Yuting-II (Type 072 IIA or Type 072 III ? LST)
(911, 912, 913, 992, 993, 994, 995, 996, 997...). 3400+ tons, 130 meters (Type 072 IIA or 072 III ?). Commissioned around 2003/2005.

It is possible that errors on these "Type 072xxx" LST's ...
There are many inconsistencies in the "hull numbers" and related LST models ..... :(

Yudao II/III ? (LSM)

(Type 073 ?). Uncertain data ?

+/- 11 Yudeng/Yunshu IV ? (LSM)
(941, 942, 943, 944, 945, 946, 947, 948, 949, 950, 990). 1400/2000 tons, 87 meters (Type 073A/Type 073-III). Commissioned by 1991/early 2000's.

+/- 10 Yuhai/Wuhu-A (LSM/LCU)
(3111, 3113, 3115, 3116, 3117, 3229, 3244, 7593, 7594, 7595). 800 tons, 58+ meters (Type 074). Commissioned by 1995/2000.

7+ Type 074A (LSM)
(3128, 3129, 3232, 3233, 3234, 3235....). 800 tons, Commissioned by 2005+

+/- 27 Yuliang-I (LSM)

730/850 tons, 53/60 meters (Type 079-I). Commissioned by 1971/1978.
Maybe few already retired from service.

4 to 7 ? Yuliang-II (LSM)

(973, 974, 975, 977, 979, 980, 986). 730/850 tons, 53/60 meters (Type 079-II). Commissioned by 1979/1983. Now progressively retired from service, maybe no longer serviceable ?

Yunshu (LSM)
?
Uncertain data ?

Medium & Small Amphibious Ships
10+ Yubei (LCU)
1200 tons, 64 meters. Commissioned by 2004-


+/- 130 Yunan (LCU)

130+ tons, 27+ meters (Type 067). Commissioned by 1968/1992, now many crafts retired from service or in reserve....
10+ Type 726
80/180 tons, 26 meters (Chinese Type 726 LCAC, copy of the US LCAC design). Commissioned by late 2000's.

20 to 30 Type 724 (small LCAC)
Small Chinese Type 724 LCAC. Commissioned by early 1990's.

30 to 100+ ? Yuqing/Yuchin (LCM)
125+ tons, 24+ meters (LCM type 068). Commissioned by late 1960's/1990's. Now many in reserve ?

Up to 8 Zubr ?

Expected to be delivered by Russia in the following years ?

AUXILIARIES SHIPS

Fleet & Coastal Oilers/Tankers
2 (3 ?) Fuchi (
Replenishment Ships)
(Qiandaohu, Weishanhu). 22 000+ tons, 178+ meters. Commissioned by 2004/2005. maybe a third ship planned ?

1 Nancang/
Komandarm Fedko (Replenishment Ships)
(Qinghaihu). 37 000 tons, 168/188+ meters. Commissioned by 1996.

2 Fuqing (Replenishment Ships)
(Hongzhu, Fencang). 14 000/21 000 tons, 168 meters. Commissioned by 1980/1982.

3 Jinyou (transport oilers)

(Dongyun 622, 625, 675). 2500 tons, 99 meters. Commissioned by 1989/1990.

2 Sengi (transport oilers)
(Dongyun 620, 621). 4900+ tons, 101 meters. Commissioned by 1981+

8 ? to 14 Fulin (transport oilers)
(Dongyun 583, 606, 607, 609, 623, 626, 628, 629, 633, Nanyun 923, 924, 940, 1104). 2200 tons, 66 meters. Commissioned by 1972+. Now maybe only 8 units serviceable ?

7 to 20 Fuzhou (transport oilers)

(Dongyun 570, 573, 580, 581, 608, 903; Nanyun 904, 906, 907, 909, 910, 912, 920, 926, 927, 930, 935, 941, 1101, 1104). 1200 tons, 60+ meters. Commissioned by 1964/1970. Now maybe only 7 units serviceable ?

Others Cargo/Tankers

1 Fuxianhu (transport ships)
(Fuxianhu). 15000+ tons. Commissioned by 2007.

2 Dayun
(transport ships)
(883, 884). 10900+ tons, 156+ meters (Type 904). Commissioned by 1993. Now both ships operate as fisheries Inspection ships (Zhongguo Yuzheng 21 & 88).

8 Fuzhou (water tanker)

(570, 573, 580, 581, 608, 903, 904, 906, 908, 938...). 1200 tons, 60+ meters. Commissioned by 1964/1970.

1 Dadong (water tanker)
(Dadong/J304). 1500 tons, 82 meters (Type 946A). Commissioned by 1982.

2 Dazhou (water tanker)
(Nanjiu-502, Beijiu-137). 1100 tons, 79 meters (Type 946). Commissioned by 1977/1978.

3 Dajiang (water tanker)
(Changxingdao, Chongmingdao, Yonxingdao). 10 000+ tons, 156 meters. Commissioned by 1976/1980.

5 to 7 Hongqi (cargo ships)

(433, 443, 528, 755, 756, 771, 836). 1900+ tons, 62 meters (Cargo type 081). Commissioned during 1970's. Now maybe only 5 units serviceable ?

2 Romanian Galati (cargo ships)

(Haiyun 318, 600). 5200 tons, 100+ meters. Commissioned by early 1970's.

7 Danlin (cargo ships)
(Haileng 531, 592, 794, 975, 591, 594, 972). 1200+ tons, 60+ meters. Commissioned by 1960/1962.

Submarines Rescue Ships & Tenders

Up to 3+ ? Type 926 (Dalao class ?)
(864 ?, two others not yet named ?). All commissioned by 2012...

One 648

Commissioned by 1985.


2 Dalang-II
(428, 911 or Dongjiu, Beijiu-138, Nanjiu-510 ???). 3700/4200 tons, 115 meters (Type 922A). Commissioned by 1986/1997

2 Dalang-I
(332 ex Beiju-122, Nanjiu-503). 3500/4000 tons (Type 922), 111+ meters. Commissioned by 1975/1986.

1 Dazhi (submarine tenders)
(Dazhi 920). 5800 tons, 106+ meters. Commissioned by 1965.

1 Yudong?/Hudong (submarine rescue ship)
(Haijiu 512). 5000 tons, 95 meters. Commissioned by 1969.

2 Dazhou (submarine rescue ship)
(Haijou 502, 504). 1100 tons, 79 meters. Commissioned by 1976/1977.


Existence of 4 Daliang uncertain ?

Existence of 1 Dadong uncertain ?


Salvage ships & Ocean Tugs
One or two dozens of Indigenous (chinese built) Ocean Tugs

Likely to be build during the 2010's to replace 34+ obsoletes (1960's) Gromovoy/Roslavi Ocean Tugs.

3 Dajiang (Ocean Salvage & Rescue Ship)
(861, 862, 863). 11900+ tons, 156+ meters (Type 925).

1 Daozha (salvage ship)
(Daozha). 4000 tons, 84 meters. Commissioned by 1993.

1 Kansha (salvage ship)

(Hailao). 1400 tons, 69+ meters. Commissioned by 1981.

4 Tuzhong (salvage tugs)
(T 154, 710, 830, 890). 3600 tons, 84+ meters. Commissioned by late 1970's.

6+ Tuzhong (ocean tugs)
(Beituo 622, Beituo 711, Dongtuo 837, Dongtuo 842, Dongtuo 843, Nantuo 155). 750 tons, 49 meters. Commissioned during 1980's.


3 Tuzhong-II (ocean tugs)

(Beituo 710, Dongtuo 830, Nantuo 154). 3600 tons, 84+ meters. Commissioned by late 1970's.

11 (9?) Hujiu (ocean tugs)
(147, 155, 622, 711, 717, 837, 842, 843, 867, 875, 877). 750 tons, 49 meters. Commissioned during 1980's. Now maybe only 9 units serviceable ?

3 Dinghai (ocean tugs)

(717, 842, 843). 1400+ tons, 60+ meters. Commissioned by late 1970's.

17 Gromovoy (ocean tugs)
(149, 156, 166, 167, 680, 683, 684, 716, 802, 809, 811, 813, 814, 817, 822, 824, 827). 790+ tons, 45+ meters. Commissioned by 1958-1962, now ageing crafts, likely to be retired during 2010's and replaced by some new Chinese indegenous ocean tugs.

17 (19 ?) Roslavi (ocean tugs)

(153, 159, 161, 162, 163, 164, 518, 604, 613, 646, 707, 852, 853, 854, 862, 863, 867). 750 tons, 44+ meters. Commissioned by 1964/1965, now ageing crafts, likely to be retired during 2010's and replaced by some new Chinese indegenous ocean tugs.

Hospital Ships

4 to 6 ? Qiongsha (Troop Transport/Hospital ships)
(830, 831, 832, 836, status of another 3 ships (833, 834, 835) uncertain ?). 2100+ tons, 86 meters. Commissioned by late 1980's.

1 Daishandao (hospital ship)
(Daishandao/866). 20 000 tons (Type 920). Commissioned by 2008.

2 Qiongsha (hospital ships)
(Nankang 833, ...). 2100+ tons, 86 meters. Commissioned by 1980+

Weapon Trial Ships

2 Shiyan/Bi Sheng (Weapon Trial Ships)
(891, 892). 6000 tons, 130 meters. Commissioned by 1999+.

1 Wuhu (Trial ship)
(891). 6000 tons, 130 meters. Commissioned by 1997.

1 Yanxi (Weapon Trial Ship)
(Hsun 701). 1200 tons, 60 meters. Commissioned by 1970.

3 Yantai (Ammunition Ships)
(938, 800, 801). 3300+ tons, 115 meters (based on the Yukan amphibious ship design). Commissioned by 1992.

Training Ships

1 Shichang (
Training Ship/Helico ship)
(Shichang). 9000+ tons, 120+ meters. Commissioned by 1996.


1 Daxing (
Training Ship)
(Zheng-he). 4500/6000+ tons, 132 meters (Type 795). Commissioned by 1987/1988.

Intelligence & Survey Ships
One 851 (intelligence ship)
(851). 6000 tons, 130 meters. Commissioned by 1999.

1 Dadie
(intelligence ship)
(Beidiao 900). 1800/2500 tons, 94 meters. Commissioned by 1987.

1 Yanbing (intelligence ship)
(Haidiao 723). 5000 tons, 94+ meters. Commissioned by late 1970's.

3 Yanha (intelligence ship)
(Haibing 519, 721, 722). 3200 tons, 84 meters. Commissioned by 1969/1989.

1 Xingfengshan (intelligence ship)
(Xingfengshan 856). 5500 tons, 115 meters (derived from the Dalang design). Commissioned by 1988.

1 Xiangyanghong 01 (Intelligence ship)
(Xiangyanghong 09). 1100+ tons, 112 meters. Commissioned by 1979.

2 Kan Yang (coastal survey)
(Nance 426, 428). 600 tons, 50 meters. Commissioned by 1975.

3 Shuguang (hydrographic survey ship)
(Shuguang 01/03). 500 tons, 60 meters (modified T-43 MCM). Commissioned by late 1960's
With probably dozens of civilians trawlers & others boats converted into spy/intelligence ships...Missiles & Space Ships
1 Dongdiao (missile range instrumentation ship)
(Dongdiao 851). 4600 tons, 121 meters. Commissioned by 1999.

3 Yuanwang (Space support ship)

(Yuanwang 1/3). 17 000/21 000 tons, 190 meters. Commissioned by 1980/1995.

1 Xiangyanghong (space support ship)
(Yuanwang 4). 10 000+ tons, 156 meters. Commissioned by 1980.

Others auxiliaries Ships
6 or 7 Yannan (navigationnal buoy tenders)
(124, 463, Beidiao 983, B25, Dongce 263, Beidiao 982, B22). 1500+ tons, 71+ meters. Commissioned by late 1970's.

6 Yanbai (Degaussing Tenders)
(203, 735, 736, 745, 746, 863). 740 tons, 65 meters. Commissioned by ?

3 Youzhong (cable ship)

(G 2693, 2304, 2404). 750 tons, 59 meters. Commissioned by 1982+

6+ Youdian (cable ship)
(Nanlan 233, 234, 764, 765, 873, 874). 1500+ tons, 71+ meters. Commissioned by late 1970's.

Harbors & others small Crafts (uncertain data ?)
Wuting/Huludao (project 611)
Commissioned by 1987+, uncertain data ?

42+ Patrol crafts
(Hai Guan 801/842). 98 tons, 31 meters. Commissioned by 1992/1999.

- Likely up to severals hundreds of harbors crafts (personnal launch, floatting crane, small navigationnal crafts & so)

- Likely up to severals hundreds of RHIB & fast small crafts for special force & intelligence use...

CHINESE NAVAL INFANTRY (10 000+)

Light-Tanks: 100+ Type 63/63A; 60 Type-05 AAAV ZTD-05
Armored Vehicles (Trackeed):
180+ Type-63C/Type-77 II/Type-86; 200 Type-05 AAAV ZBD-05

Artillery (towed):
many Type-83 (122mm)
MRL: many Type-63 (107mm)
Anti-Tanks missiles: many HJ-73; HJ-8; Type-98 Queen Bee
Manpads:
HN-5 Hong Nu/Red Cherry


CHINESE CUSTOMS NAVAL SERVICE
20 to 24 Qui-M class
80 meters.

7 P-58A (coastal command ships)
(Hai-Guan 901/907). 400 tons, 58 meters. Commissioned by 1990/1998.

CHINESE BORDER SECURITY FORCE MARITIME COMMAND
20+ Huxin
160+ tons, 28 meters (modified Hungpu design). Commissioned during 1980's.

CHINESE COAST GUARDS (estimation)
1 Type 718 Cutter
(Pudong/Haijing 1001). 1000 tons. Commissioned by 2007.

2 Jianghu-I

(Haijing 1002, 1003). 1400/1600 tons, 103+ meters (former Jianghu-I Type 053H frigate). Transferred by 2007.

100+ Type 218

130 tons, 41+ meters, various models A/B/C/D/E...

1 Haijing 35082
Uncertain data ?

1 Haijing 35012
Uncertain data ?

Haijing 31020
Uncertain data ?

Haijing 33026
Uncertain data ?

2 SRC-90E
6+ tons, 11+ meters (Swedish built). Commissioned by 1998.

With likely dozens of smaller coastal/In-Shore crafts, data unclear ?

CHINESE MARITIME SURVEILLANCE (estimation)
2 Type-I Cutter

(Haijian 17, 46). 1100+ tons, 73+ meters. Commissioned by 2005.

1 Type-II Cutter
(Haijian 27). 1200 tons, 75+ meters.

1 Haijian 51
(Haijian 51). 1600+ tons, 87+ meters. Commissioned by 2005.

1 Haijian 83
(Haijian 83). 3400 tons, 98 meters. Commissioned by 2004.

With likely dozens of smaller coastal/In-Shore crafts, data unclear ?

CHINESE FISHERIES LAW ENFORCEMENT (estimation)
1 Yunzheng
(Yunzheng). 4400+ tons, 113+ meters (former late 1970's Dalang Type 922-II). Transferred by 2009.

8 Cutters

(Yuzheng 33, 118, 200, 201, 202, 203, 205). 960+ tons, 69+ meters.

1 Yunzheng 204

(1 Yunzheng 204)

1 Yunzheng 31
(Yunzheng 31). 1000 tons. Built by 1992.

1 Yunzheng 117
(Yunzheng 117).

With likely dozens of smaller coastal/In-Shore crafts, data unclear ?

CHINESE NAVAL AVIATION (estimation) (26 000+)
Aircrafts:
- 30 H-6 D (bomber)
- 48 J-8 I/F/B/D Finback (Fighter-bomber)

- 84 JH-7
- 30 Q-5 Fantan
- 20 Su-30 Mk 2 Flanker
- 4 PS/SH-5 (ASW)
- 7 HZ-5 (Il-28R Beagle, reco)

- 6 Y-8J/B Cub (reco)
- 4 Y-8X (maritime patrol)
- 3 HY-6 (tanker)
- 4 Y-8 An-12 BP Cub A (transport)
- 50 Y-5 An-2 Colt (Transport)
- 4 Y-7 An-24 Coke (Transport)
- 6 Y-7H An-26 Curl (Transport)
- 2 Yak-42 (transport)
- 14 JJ-6 Mig-19 UTI Farmer (Training, no longer ops ?)
- 4 JJ-7 Mongol A (Training, no longer ops ?)
- 38 PT/CJ-6 (training)

- 21 HY-7 (training)

- 12 K-8 (training)
- 33 HJ-5 (training)

Helicopters
- 25 Z-9C (ASW)
- 15 SA-321 (SAR)
- 20 Z-8 SA-321Ja (SAR)
- 2 Z-8S (SAR)
- 3 Z-8JH
(SAR)
- 19+ Ka-28 Helix A (ASW)

- 8 Mi-8 Mip (transport)


Following the
rapid growth of the Chinese navy (and because of the strong misinformation about Chinese warships & their "hull numbers"). This "Fleet-Review" can only be "approximate". As usual, feel free to correct me or add additional information
. Your help & information are welcome !!!
(Next Fleet-Review: Future of the US Amphibious & Auxiliary Fleet")

Dec 22, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2012.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2012.
Best Regards.

M.C

(Next Fleet Review: "Future of the Chinese Navy")

Nov 20, 2011

Blog Upgrade

In the coming weeks, this blog is subject to change.

As previously announced, this blog will move toward a "Fleet review/Size" blog.


All "News" post (more than 1400 post) will be deleted. I will try to save your comments on these post, but I'm afraid of having to delete them :(


Only "Fleet Review" post will be kept.
Now please leave your comments only on the "Fleet Review" post.


Best Regards

M.C

Oct 29, 2011

Future of the Polish Navy

Maybe too ambitious ?

Cartography:
Of the entire Polish land aera, 3,07% were of water (Rivers/Lakes). Coastline: 491 km. A EEZ of 30,533 km2.


Personnal Strenght:
8000

2 Frigates

2 General Kazimierz Pulaski

(General Kazimierz Pulaski, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko). 3600/4100, 136 meters (ex 1980's US O.H.Perry FFG). Transferred by 2000/2002.


3+ Corvettes

Up to 7 Gawron ?
(Slazak, Kujawiak, Krakowiak, Mazur, Kurp, Goral,?). 1600/2000 tons, 90+ meters (German Meko 100-A). This (too ambitious) program faces enormous problems of delays/cost overruns (and mismanagement). It is now very likely that the first ship will be finished only by 2015+ (after 10 years of construction !). Other ships are VERY uncertain......wait & see

1 Kaszub

(Kaszub). 1100+ tons, 82+ meters. Commissioned by 1987.


2 Tarantul I

(Metalowiec, Rolnik). 480/550 tons, 56 meters (1980's Russian Tarantil I FAC). Transferred by 1988/1989.


3 Fast Attack Missile Crafts

3 Orkan

(Orkan, Poirun, Grom). 350+ tons, 48+ meters. Commissioned by 1992/1995, modernised by 2009/2012.


5 Submarines

1 Kilo

(Orzel). 2400/3000 tons, 72+ meters (Russian Kilo SSK). Commissioned by 1986.

4 Kobben
(Sokol, Sep, Bielik, Kondor). 430/480 tons, 47+ meters (ex 1960's Norwegian SSK's). Transferred by 2002/2004.

Mine-Warfare

3 Krogulec (206FM
)
(Flaming, Mewa, Czajka). 420/500 tons, 58+ meters. Commissioned by 1962/1967, modernised by 1999/2001.


12 or 13 Gardno/Goplo (Project 207 D/P)

(Gardno, Bukowo, Dabie, Jamno, Mielno, Wicko, Resko, Sarbsko, Necko, Naklo, Druzno, Hancza). 210+ tons, 38+ meters. Commissioned by 1981/1991.


4 Mamry

(Mamry, Wigry, Sniardwy, Wdzydze). 210+ tons, 38+ meters (Improved Goplo MCM design). Commissioned by 1991/1995


Mine-Layers

5 Lublin (LSM/Minelayers)

(Lublin, Gniezno, Krakow, Poznan, Torun). 1745 tons, 95+ meters (project 767). Commissioned by 1989/1991.

3 Deba (LCU)
(KD-11/13). 176 tons, 37+ meters ( Project 716). Commissioned by 1988/1991

4 Salvage Ships
2 Piast
(Piast, Lech). 1600 tons, 72+ meters. Commissioned by 1974.


2 Zbyszko

(Zbyszko, Macko). 380 tons, 35 meters. Commissioned by 1991/1992.


Auxiliaries Ships

1 Kontradmiral Xawery Czenicki

(Kontradmiral Xawery Czenicki). 2290 tons, 72+ meters (Bereza class). Commissioned by 2011.



1 Baltyk (small replenishment)

(Baltyk). 2980+ tons, 84+ meters. Commissioned by 1991.


2 Heweliusz (Hydrographic ships)

(Heweliusz, Arctowski). 1218 tons, 61+ meters (project 874). Commissioned by 1982.


2 Nawigator (Intelligence ships)
(Nawigator, Hydrograf). 1675 tons, 73+ meters (project 863). Commissioned by 1975.

6 Training Ships

1 Wodnik (training ships)
(Wodnik). 1745 tons, 72+ meters. Commissioned by 1976. A second ship (Gryf) now only used as a pontoon/base ship.

2 Podchorazy (training ship)
(Podchorazy, Kadet). Uncertain data ?

1 Iskra (sail training ship)
(Iskra). 498 tons, 49 meters. Commissioned by 1982.

POLISH MARITIME BORDER GUARD
1 Mid shore patrol vessel
1 SKS-40 Type. Uncertain data ?

In Shore Patrol Vessels (uncertain data ?)
Few patrol Crafts Type 90
Severals SAR Crafts 1500
Few Interceptors Crafts Parker 900 Baltic K
Few Patrol Crafts IC16M III
Some RHIB
Few Patrol 240 Baltic
Few Overcrafts (Griffon 2000 TD)


POLISH NAVAL AVIATION (1800)

Aircrafts
- 12 PZL M28B Bryza (Patrol/Utility) or 8 An-28B1R and 2 An-28E ???
- 2 An-28 TD (Transport)


Helicopters

- 4 Kaman SH-2G Super Seasprite (ASW)
- 2 Mi-17 (Mi-8MT) Transport)
- 7 PZL W-3RM Anakonda (SAR) and 2 PZL W-3T Sokol (Utility)
- 2 PZL Mi-2 (Utility) and 3 others in reserve ?
- 6 Mi-14PL (SAR) and 3 Mi-14PS Haze (SAR)


As usual, It may be that in my "fleet review", I forgot programs ? (or made few mistakes ?, especially for the auxiliary and smaller ships), then SAID IT ! Feel free to comment and give your opinion

Future of the Romanian Navy

At the crossroads

Cartography:
Of the entire Romanian land aera, 3% (7,160 km²) were of water (Rivers/Lakes), Coastlines: 193 to 245 km, a EEZ of20,598 km2 claimed.

Personnal Strenght: 7150

3 Frigates
1 Maraseti
(Maraseti). 5500+ tons, 144+ meters. Commissioned by 1985.

2 Regele Ferdinand
(Regele Ferdinand, Regina Maria). 4800/5500 tons, 146+ meters (ex 1980's British Type 22 batch-2 FFG). Transferred by 2003/2004.

4 Corvettes
2 Tetal I
(Amiral Petre Barbureanu, Contra Amiral Eugen Rosca). 1400+ tons, 92+ meters. Commissioned by 1983/1987.

2 Tetal II
(Contra Amiral Eustatiu Sebastian, Contra Amiral Horia Macelaru). 1540/1660 tons, 92+ meters (project 1048M). Commissioned by 1989/1996.

3 Corvettes
3 Zborul
(Zborul, Pescarusul, Lastunul). (Russian Tarantul I FAC). 385:455 tons, 56+ meters (project 1241E). Transferred by 1990/1991.

3 Fast Attack Torpedo Crafts
3 Naluca
(Smeul, Vijelia, Vulcanul). 190 tons, 38+ meters (Osa I variant). Commissioned by 1979/1981.

Mine-Warfare
4 Musca
(Lt Remus lepri, Lt Lupu Dinescu, Lt Dimitrie Nicolescu, Slt Alexandra Axente). 790 tons, 60+ meters. Commissioned by 1986/1989.

6 VD-141 (now used as a patrol crafts)
90+ tons, 33+ meters. Commissioned by 1976/1984

Auxiliaries Ships
1 Vice Amiral Constantin Balescu (Minelayers)
1200/1400 tons, 79 meters. Commissioned by 1981

1 Constanta (combattant tender)
(Constanta). 2850 tons, 108 meters. Commissioned by 1980.

1 Emil Racovita (Intelligence Ship)
(Emil Racovita). 1900 tons, 70+ meters. Commissioned by 1977.

1 Mircea (sail training ship)
(Mircea). 1600 tons, 81+ (ex german ship). Commissioned by 1939.

1 Albatros (general cargo)
(Albatros). 8750 tons, 130 meters (1970's ship). Acquired by 1995.

1 TM-532 (small tanker)
(TM-532). 2100+ TONS, 76+ meters. Commissioned by 1992.

1 Grigore Antipa ((Salvage ship)
(Grigore Antipa). 1450 tons, 79 meters. Commissioned by 1980.

Likely some others small crafts
Uncertain data ?

ROMANIAN RIVERS FLOTILLA
3 Mihail Kogalniceanu (River Monitor)
(Mihail Kogalniceanu, Ion C Bratianu, Lascar Catagiu). 520+ tons, 52+ meters. Commissioned by 1993/1998

5 Smardan/Brutar (River Monitor)
(Rahova, Opanez, Smardan, Posada, Rovine). 320 tons, 45+ meters. Commissioned by 1987/1993.

18 VB-76 rivers patrol crafts
(VB-76/93). 120 tons, 32+ meters. Commissioned by 1973/1982.

ROMANIAN NAVAL INFANTRY
Armored Vehicles (wheeled): 13 ABC-79M; 3 TABC-79M

As usual, It may be that in my "fleet review", I forgot programs ? (or made few mistakes ?, especially for the auxiliary and smaller ships), then SAID IT ! Feel free to comment and give your opinion

Future of the Bulgarian Navy

Think Coastal defence...

Cartography: Of the entire Bulgarian land aera, only 0,3% (2,390 km2) were of water (Rivers/Lakes). Coastlines: 354 km, a EEZ of 35,156 km2 claimed.

Personnal Strenght:
3400 (+ 7500 reserve)


4 Frigates
3 Drazki

(Drazki, Verni, Gordi). 2200 tons, 106+ meters (ex 1970's Belgian FFG). Transferred by 2004/2008.


1 Smeli

(Smeli)
. 1100/1900 tons, 95 meters (ex Russian Koni I frigate). Transferred by 1990.

5 or 6 Corvettes/Fast Attack Missile Crafts

2 Reshitelni

(Reshitelni, Bodri)
. 500/600 tons, 57 meters (ex Russian Pauk FAC). Transferred by 1989/1990.

1 Mulniya

(Mulniya). 480/550 tons, 56 meters (Russian Tarantul II FAC). Transferred by 1989.


2 or 3 Osa

(Uragon, Grum, a third craft ?). 180/210 tons, 38+ meters (ex Russian Osa FAC). Transferred by late 1970's/early 1980's. Now no longer ops.

5 Mine-Warfare
ships
1 Tsibar

(Tsibar)
. 530/600 tons, 51+ meters (ex 1980's Belgian Tripartite MCM). Transferred by 2004.

4 Sonya
(Briz, Priboj, Shkval, Shtorm). 450 tons, 48+ meters. Transferred by 1981/1984.

2 Amphibious

2 Polnocny A
(Sirius, Antares). 770+ tons, 73 meters. Transferred by 1986/1987.

Auxiliaries
1 Proteo (salvage ship/submarine tender)
(A 224). 1800+ tons, 75+meters (ex 1950's Italian ship). Transferred by 2004.

1 Bereza (Tender)
(Kapitan 1 Rang Dimitri Dobrev). 1800+ tons, 69+ meters. Commissioned by 1989.

BULGARIAN BORDER POLICE (included
BULGARIAN BORDER GUARD (12 000)?)
14+ ? In Shore Patrol Vessels
3 FPB-21
(Varna, Burgas, Kabapha). 50 tons, 21 meters. Commissioned by 2003:2005.

9 Zhuk
35+ tons, 23+ meters (Russian built). Commissioned by 1980/1981

2 Vigilant
1+ tons, 8+ meters (US built). Commissioned by 1993.

Likely few others small crafts ?

BULGARIAN COASTAL ARTILLERY
Guns:
4 SM-4-1 (130mm), status unclear ?

Coastal Missile Battery:
Few SS-C-1B Sepal and SS-C3 Styx (maybe unserviceable...)


BULGARIAN NAVAL AVIATION

Helicopters

- 7 Mi-14 Haze
(to be replaced by 6 AS-565MB Panther)
- 3 AS-565 Panther


As usual, It may be that in my "fleet review", I forgot programs ? (or made few mistakes ?, especially for the auxiliary and smaller ships), then SAID IT ! Feel free to comment and give your opinion

Oct 28, 2011

Future of the Uruguayan Navy

a small navy, between two giants...

Cartography:
Of the entire Uruguay land aera, 1,5% were of water.
Coastlines:
660 km, a water area of 2,600 km². ; a EEZ of
132,286 km2 claimed.

Personnal Strenght: 5400+ (1800 Coast Guard included)

+/- 3 Frigates
2 Joao Belo
(Uruguay, Cte Pedro Campbell). 1700/2200 tons, 98 meters (French 1960's Cdt.Riviere Sloop). Commissioned by 1967/1969.

1 Cdt Rivière
(Montevideo)
. 1700/2200 tons, 98 meters (Ex French 1960's Cdt.Rivière Sloop). Transferred by 1991. Maybe unserviceable ?

Mid Shore Patrol Vessels
3 Vigilante
(Quince de Noviembre, Veinticinco de Agosto, Comodoro Coe). 170+ tons, 41+ meters (French Vigilante PB). Commissioned by 1981. maybe one unserviceable ?

2 Cape
(Colonia, Rio Negro). 29 meters (ex 1950's US Cape PB). Transferred by 1990.

1 Paysandu
(Paysandu). 60 tons (ex US Coastal PB). Commissioned by 1968.

In Shore Patrol Boats (uncertain data ?)
Up to 4 UPF ?
Up to 16 Vigilante 27

Mine-Warfare
3 Temerario/Kondor III
(Temerario, Fortuna, Audaz). (ex 1970's East German Kondor II coastal MCM). Transferred by 1991.

2 Amphibious Ships
2 Lades
(ROU 41/42). Uncertain data ?

or 2 LCVP and 2 LCM ?

Auxiliaries Ships
1 Luneburg (AOR)
(General Artigas). Uncertain data ?

1 Hydrographic
(Capitan Miranda). Uncertain data ?

1 Oceanic Sail Boat
(Bonanza). Uncertain data ?

1 Buoy Tender
(Sirius). Uncertain data ?

1 Survey Ship
(Oyarvide). 1200+ tons, 68 meters (ex 1960's German Type 720 Helgoland Tug). Transferred by 1998

1 Maldonado (salvage Tug)
800 tons, 52+ meters (ex 1960's German Type 722 Wangerooge Tug). Transferred by

1 Vanguardia (salvage Tug)
Vanguardia. (ex East German Salvage ship)


1 Banco Ortiz (Coastal tug)
(Banco Ortiz). (ex East German Type 720 tug).

URUGUAYAN NAVAL INFANTRY (450)

URUGUAYAN COAST GUARD (1800)
Mid Shore/In Shore Patrol Vessels
2 PCC
?
Uncertain data ?

9 Type 44
Uncertain data ?

3 Type PS
Uncertain data ?

URUGUAYAN NAVAL AVIATION
Aicrafts

- 2 Jetstream Mk 2 (ASW/Maritime Patrol)
- 1 Beech 200T (Maritime Patrol)
- 2 T-34C Turbo Mentor

Helicopters

- 1 or 2 ? Wessex HC2/Mk60 (Utility, dubious state ?)
- Up to 6 Bo-105C/M (Utility)
- 1 Esquilo AS-350 B2 (Utility)

As usual, It may be that in my "fleet review", I forgot programs ? (or made few mistakes ?, especially for the auxiliary and smaller ships), then SAID IT ! Feel free to comment and give your opinion