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PEOPLE`S LIBERATION ARMY NAVY (PEOPLE`S REPUBLIC OF CHINA)

COASTAL FORCES

type 55A coastal patrol craft (1956-1960)

556 1965

Names

76 boats, inc nos 556-558, 565-567

Builders

Wuzhou SY: 76 boats

Completed

1956 - 1960: 76 boats

Losses

none

Transfers

North Korea, 1968: 8 boats

North Vietnam, 1970s: 12 boats

Discarding

1970s-1990s: all

1990: 50 were in service

2000: none were in service

Displacement standard, t

75

Displacement full, t

85

Length, m

25.7

Breadth, m

6.00

Draught, m

1.80

No of shafts

4

Machinery

4 3D12 diesels

Power, h. p.

4800

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 750(15)

Armament

2 x 2 - 37/63 type 61 or 2 x 1 - 37/73 70K, 2 x 1 - 12.7/90, 8 DC

Sensors Reya or Zarnitsa radar

Complement

17

Ship project history: Steel hull, gun-armed Chinese version of Soviet project 183 FAC(T).

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2015