China’s New Trimaran Rescue Vessel

The China Defense Blog has new photos of a  trimaran vessel built for the Chinese Navy. They also report that this is to be a rescue vessel. Certainly its armament appears modest, and it doesn’t appear to be much longer than a Webber class Fast Response Cutter.

It features cutouts in the sides of the outer hulls that appear designed to allow retrieving persons from the water, much like those on a motor surf boat, in addition to two RHIBs, and a small helo deck.

But this is a Navy ship, not a “coast guard” ship. I suspect this vessel may be used as plane guard for their new aircraft carrier as they work to develop a cadre of trained carrier pilots.

At least two different hull numbers have been seen. We have seen and discussed this type before:

https://chuckhillscgblog.net/2012/03/28/unconventional-chinese-rescue-cutter/

https://chuckhillscgblog.net/2012/10/10/china-shows-2nd-trimaran-rescue-ship/

2 thoughts on “China’s New Trimaran Rescue Vessel

  1. this looks so much like the RV Triton, it is obviously a stolen design, or maybe the Chinese just bought it from Britain?
    What does a rescue ship need an cannon mounted up forward for? Belligerent victims?

  2. Pingback: Chinese SAR Trimaran | Chuck Hill's CG Blog

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