Chinese Navy corvettes Type 056A Jiangdao-class conduct naval exercise in South China Sea

According to pictures released by the Chinese MoD (Ministry of Defense) on January 10, 2021, three Chinese Navy guided missile corvettes Jiangdao-class Type 056A attached to the frigate flotilla of a navy base under the PLA Southern Theater Command have conducted a naval training exercise in the waters of the South China Sea on January 4, 2021.
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In January 2021, the Chinese Navy has conducted a naval training exercise in the waters of the South China Sea with Jiangdao class Type 056A corvettes including the Bazhong 625, Guangyuan 552, and Hanzhong 520.

The Type 056 or Jiangdao- class is a class of corvette in service with the Chinese People's Liberation (PLA) Navy. The Type056A version is used to perform anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The ship entered production by late 2013. One of the first, 593 Sanmenxia, was launched in November 2013 with a modified hull to accommodate the added ASW gear.

Type 056A is an improved variant of the Type 056 class corvette equipped with a towed sonar array and variable depth sonar (VDS). The armament of the ship includes YJ-83 anti-ship missiles that have been removed and replaced by a 2x4 multi-barrel rocket launcher to engage submerged submarines. Besides, the weapon system comprises a PJ26 76mm naval gun, two PJ17 30mm cannons, a single 8-cell HQ-10 air-defense system (eight FL-3000N surface-to-air missiles) and 2x3 torpedo tubes filled with Yu-7 or Yu-8 torpedoes.

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