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

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KUANG CHOU corvettes (1944-1945/1949)

Kuang Chou 1980

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
廣州 <Kuang Chou> (ex-Yuan Pei, ex-Ta Shun, ex-Bowmanville, ex-Nunnery Castle) 602 Pickersgill, Sunderland, UK 8/1943 26/1/1944 9/1944 // 1949 stricken 1986
(ex-Shih Lin, ex-Hsi Ling, ex-Ta Tung, ex-Copper Cliff, ex-Hever Castle)   Blyth, UK 6/1943 24/2/1944 7/1944 // 1949 discarded 1960s

Displacement standard, t

1010 - 1060

Displacement full, t

1590 - 1630

Length, m

68.6 pp 76.8 oa

Breadth, m

11.2

Draught, m

4.11 - 4.19 deep load

No of shafts

1

Machinery

VTE, 2 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

2750

Max speed, kts

16.5

Fuel, t

oil 480

Endurance, nm(kts)

6200(15)

Armament

2 x 1 - 130/51 B-13, 1 x 1 - 45/69 21KM, 5 x 1 - 37/73 70K

Sensors

type 276, 291 radars, sonar

Complement

120

Ship project history: Former RCN Castle class corvettes were sold as merchantmen to China in 1947, two were rearmed by Communist Government and commissioned by PLAN.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

Ivan Gogin, 2015