SNAFU provides photos of China’s new cutter built for their Maritime Safety Agency. We talked about this very large cutter earlier, here and here.
Significant dimensions are length,165 meters (540 feet), Beam, 20.6 meters (67.6 feet). Speed is over 25 knots. A range of 10,000 nautical miles and endurance of 90 days, suggest these may not be built just to hang around China’s coast. 10,000 or 10,700 ton displacement may well be a light displacement rather than full load, so it may well be much more than twice as large as the 4500 ton full load Bertholf class NSCs.
While very large, this cutter does not carry much of the military style equipment found on the Bertholfs, no airsearch radar, no medium caliber gun, no radar firecontrol, probably no ESM or electronic countermeasures. It also looks like it is only expected to operate one helicopter.
Apparently the photos came from twitter.
It’s clear that the Chinese are going out to defend their trawlers world wide.
@x not to say your conclusion is wrong, but this particular ship is for the Maritime Safety Agency, not the China Coast Guard. Its their Coast Guard that has been protecting their fishing vessels.
Given the MSA’s duties, it does beg the question, why the heck is the ship so damn big?
Yes. I think they are building hulls that can be ‘repurposed’. They might be for safety today, but an upswing in tensions and a quick dry docking and they will have a global deployable coast guard cutter. And as FFF – W-Young says below why is it so big? If it a dual purpose ship as we in Europe that can tow or suck up pollutants etc. then yes as they have all the traffic. But a very conventional cutter hull? It makes me wonder. The Chinese are fishing everywhere. As know some states are more than happy to start pooping off rounds.
The vessel has entered service. http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/naval-news/naval-news-archive/2021/october/10895-china-has-commissioned-haixun-09-10-000-tones-patrol-class-vessel.html
Chuck have you seen this thread, pictures of the inside.
Certainly an impressive vessel, with some rather unusual features to say the least. Definitely not a ship that could be converted into a high end warfighting vessel though.
@Dogs Nads, Don’t think the China’s Maritime Safety Agency is as militarized as the China Coast Guard, and even the China CG has many ships that are not built to military standards and are not armed with anything more than machine guns.
Likely wartime role would be as transports. In China there really no difference between military and civilian. They all go to war. Recently saw a report on an exercise in which a civilian ferry was used to transport and do an amphibious landing of an armored personnel carrier.
If they are ever going to invade Taiwan it will take a huge mobilization and diversion of assets to transport the large number of troops and their equipment. There Navy amphibious assault ships will not be enough.