PLA Navy frigate Dandong decommissioned after 36 years’ service

PLAN frigate Dandong decommissioned after 36 years' service
PLAN frigate Dandong decommissioned after 36 years' service

The decommissioning ceremony for the Chinese naval guided-missile frigate Dandong (Hull 543) was held at a military port in the PLA Southern Theater Command on May 19.

The service members assigned to a frigate flotilla of the Navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command lined up to bid the final farewell to frigate Dandong, which had served in the PLA Navy for 36 years.

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Dandong (Hull 543) Decommissioning Ceremony

The frigate Dandong was independently designed and built by China in the 1980s. Since being commissioned, it has completed major tasks of combat readiness patrol, maritime rights protection, and overseas visits, and has participated in various kinds of drills and exercises hundreds of times, making outstanding contributions to protecting China’s maritime rights and interests and safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty and security. Early last year, the frigate Dandong created a record of keeping combat readiness at sea for consecutive 103 days when performing combat readiness patrol in a particular sea area.

After decommissioning, the frigate Dandong will be handed over to Dandong City, Liaoning Province, serving as a museum and education facility in the city.

Dandong 543

Class and type:Type 053H1 frigate
Displacement:1,450 standard1,730 full load
Length:103.2 m (339 ft)
Beam:10.7 m (35 ft)
Propulsion:Two type 12 E 390V diesels; 16,000 hp (m) (11.9MW) sustained2 shafts
Speed:26 knots
Range:2,700 nmi (5,000 km; 3,100 mi) at 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement:300 (27 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar System:
Surface: Square Tie (Type 254); I-bandAir & Surface: MX 902 Eye Shield (Type 922-1); G-band
Navigation: Fin Curve (Type 352); I-band
Fire Control: Wok Won director (Type 752A); Square Tie (Type 254), I-band
Echo Type 5 (Hull Mounted)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Watchdog; Radar warning
Armament:2 ×  Chinese 3.9 in (100 mm) /56 (twin) guns
8 ×  Chinese 37 mm /63 (6 twin) guns
AShM: 2 × 4 C-802
2 × RBU-1200 5-tubed fixed launchers
Depth Charge: DCL-003D
Mines: Can carry up to 60
Decoys: 2 × loral Hycor SRBOC Mk 366-barreled chaff launcher

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