Up-Gunning the China Coast Guard–Add 22 New Type 056 Corvettes

Type 056 corvette, credit 樱井千一

We have a report from Defence.PK, that 22 PLAN Type 056 corvettes are being transferred to the China Coast Guard. These ships are the early models that were completed without the more sophisticated anti-submarine warfare capabilities of the Type 056A. Rather than upgrade them, the Chinese Navy will build 22 additional Type 054A Frigates.

Reportedly they are adding a LED billboard and the missiles are being removed. Probably the torpedoes as well. But that still leaves a 120 round/minute 76 mm gun and a pair of 4,000 round/minute 30mm Gatling Guns.

The China Coast Guard already has more large cutters than the US Coast Guard, despite of the fact that their EEZ is less than 20% that of the US, even if all their outrageous claims were accepted. But most of these cutters have no guns of 20mm or larger. 22 AK-176 76mm guns and 44 AK-630 30mm Gatling Guns will substantially increase the China Coast Guard’s firepower.

These 1500 ton 25 knot ships are a handy size for an area like the South China Sea.

Unlike the US Coast Guard, the China Coast Guard tends to operate their cutters in groups. Three of these, snuggled up to you, at close range, could be very intimidating even to a DDG like those the US Navy uses for Freedom of Navigation Exercises. For relatively unarmed Asian Coast Guard cutters, it would be much more so.

Chinese Naval Forces don’t have a lot of naval victories in their past so the Battle of Paracel Islands, where they defeated the Vietnamese by opening fire at very close range, must assume outsized importance in their imagination.

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I note, the cutters China used when they recently turned back a Philippine resupply effort in the South China Sea, included at least one armed with a 76mm gun.

In case you missed it, below is a statement from the US Ambassador to the Philippines (and to China).

5 thoughts on “Up-Gunning the China Coast Guard–Add 22 New Type 056 Corvettes

  1. While on paper the AK-176 76.2mm Naval Gun seem like a formidable gun system, in practice it isn’t. It is seldom used at 120rpm and typically fires at ~30rpm. It has three firing settings 30, 60 and 120 round/minute, and requires an minimum on 30-minutes for the barrel to cool after ~75 rounds are fired. Water Jacket isn’t up to that task of sustainable fire beyond 60rpm…

    • so its good to send in drones so the commie ship will fire 75 rounds then after that send in your ship to fire at close range

      • As long as the SE Asian nations persist in challenging the China Coast Guard only with their own coast guards, rather than with the strength of their navies, the CCG is going to look intimidating.

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