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30 Dec 16. China may be building jetty for second aircraft carrier. Satellite imagery posted on Chinese online forums show that China is building a second jetty adjacent to that used by the country’s first aircraft carrier, Liaoning. It is claimed that the new jetty, located at a naval base some 30 n miles south of Qingdao, is being built for the country’s second carrier, which is at an advanced state of construction in Dalian. Although facilities that have been used by Liaoning were constructed on Hainan Island in 2012, it makes logistical sense that China’s first two carriers share the same base support facilities, given that the vessels are of the same design. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Jan 17. Bangladesh launches first of two locally built large patrol craft. Bangladesh’s Khulna Shipyard (KSY) launched the first of two locally built, Chinese-designed large patrol craft (LPC) on order for the Bangladesh Navy (BN) on 29 December 2016. Named Durgam (with pennant number P 814), the LPC is identical to the two Chinese-built 64.2m-long Durjoy-class LPCs that entered service with the BN in August 2013.
Armament of the vessels includes four C-704 anti-ship missiles, one 76 mm gun, and two twin 25 mm guns, according to IHS Jane’s Fighting Ships. The vessels also feature a hull-mounted sonar and two multi-barreled rocket depth charge launchers, which provide them with a limited anti-submarine warfare capability. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
04 Jan 17. Royal Malaysian Navy takes conditional delivery of hydrography ship. The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has taken conditional delivery of the hydrographic survey ship KD Perantau from Boustead Naval Shipyards (BNS), the service announced via an official social media account.
The ship had undergone a number of upgrades at the shipyard, including the installation of new bridge equipment and integrated systems supplied by Raytheon Anschütz. According to IHS Jane’s Fighting Ships, the 1,900-tonne Perantau has an overall length of 67.8 m, an overall beam of 13.3 m, and a hull draught of 4m. The vessel is equipped with four multipurpose boats, three winches, and two cranes that can be used to launch survey equipment. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
03 Jan 17. China launches another Type 056 corvette. China’s latest Jiangdao-class (Type 056) corvette was launched on 29 December at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, according to Chinese media.
The ship is the 13th of the class to be launched by the yard since May 2012. Three more of the class were commissioned in December 2016, bringing the total in service with the Chinese Navy to 30, with more than 70 others in build or on trials. Four of these are at Hudong-Zhonghua and are believed to be the anti-submarine warfare variants (Type 056A). The total number expected in the class has risen steadily and may reach 70. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
03 Jan 17. Chinese Navy commissions fifth Wozang-class MCMV. China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Wozang-class (Type 082 II) mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), according to the China Military Online website. The ship entered service with the PLAN’s North Sea Fleet on 30 December at the Lushun naval base in the northeast of the country. Named Donggang (pennant number 814) the vessel is the fifth of the class to enter service. The media report also confirmed that Donggang would operate as a mothership for three 100-tonne unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which the US Office of Naval Intelligence designates as Wonang-class remotely controlled minesweepers. The Type 082 II displaces around 600 tonnes, has a length of 55m with a draught of 2.6m, and