China Commissioned the 19th Type 054A Frigate Handan (579) with PLAN North Sea Fleet

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China Commissioned the 19th Type 054A Frigate Handan (579) with PLAN North Sea Fleet
 
According to the official journal of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 054A (NATO reporting name Jiangkai II class) Frigate Handan (hull number 579), was commissioned on August 19 with China's North Sea Fleet. It is the 19th Type 054A Frigate to join the PLAN. The Frigate keel was laid in September 2013 and launched in July 2014 by Huangpu naval shipyard in Guangzhou, Southern China.
     
According to the official journal of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN or Chinese Navy) the Type 054A (NATO reporting name Jiangkai II class) Frigate Handan (hull number 579), was commissioned on August 19 with China's North Sea Fleet. It is the 19th Type 054A Frigate to join the PLAN. The Frigate keel was laid in September 2013 and launched in July 2014 by Huangpu naval shipyard in Guangzhou, Southern China.
Handan (hull number 579) is the 19th Type 054A Frigate to join the PLAN
     
Type 054A Frigate
Based on the Type 054 Frigates, the Type 054A incorporated a larger number of more-advanced indigenous systems. The first of class entered service with the PLAN in 2007.

Type 054A Frigates are fitted with 32 VLS (Vertical Launch System) cells for HQ-16 surface to air missiles, 8x YJ-83 (export designation C-803) anti-ship missiles, a H/PJ-26 76mm main gun, two H/PJ12 (export designation Type 730) 30mm CIWS guns (for frigates 1 to 16 in the series), two triple YU-7 torpedo launchers and anti-submarine rocket launchers for ASW warfare.
     
Rare picture showing the reloading of a Type 054A Frigate in anti-ship and surface-to-air missile
Rare picture showing the reloading of a Type 054A Frigate in anti-ship and surface-to-air missile
     
According to the latest information from our sources in China, following the initial order of 24 Type 054A frigates, the Chinese Navy would have recently added an additional order for 8 vessels of the type.
 

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