The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has transferred two of their older Type 053H1 frigates (NATO name Jianghu-2) to the Myanmar Navy. The 053H1 class was built at the Hudong Shipyard, China from 1981 to 1988. The two frigates of 1,702 t displacement with the Myanmar Navy are now named UMS Mahar Bandoola (F-21) and UMS Mahar Thiha Thura (F-23). The LOA is 339 ft (103 m) and beam is 35.4 ft (10.8 m) and is powered by a conventional two shaft arrangement with fixed pitch propellers. Engine power is by twin medium speed Chinese Hudong diesels type 12E390VA with rated output of 5,880 kW (7,885 hp) at 480 rpm. Two type 053H1 frigates of this class were supplied to the Egyptian Navy in 1984-85 with a further ship Osman (F18) sold to Bangladesh in 1989. A further development of the type 053H3 class is the F-22P Sword Class frigate for Pakistan. Four ships are being supplied, three were built in China and the last one is under construction in Karachi, Pakistan. [More]
Tags: Chinese Navy, PLAN, Myanmar, Riga Class, Project 50, Jianghu-2, 053, Hudong, 12E390VA, 18E390VA, Egyptian Navy, Pakistan, F-22, Sword Class
PLAN (Peoples Liberation Army Navy) first aircraft carrier was reported by Reuters to be heading out for sea trials last Wednesday, in her wake the Dalian naval shipyard in Northeast China, shrouded in a thick fog which conveniently served to obscure the Shi Lang from eyes keen to make out the superstructure and gauge something of military capabilities kept well under wraps by the authorities. The official news agency, Xinhua, averred: “Building a strong navy that is commensurate with China's rising status is a necessary step and an inevitable choice for the country to safeguard its increasingly globalised national interests." Words that sent ripples of anxiety spreading throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Shi Lang (ex Varyag) off Istanbul Photo: U.S. Federal Government
Aircraft Carrier Shi Lang
Not a newbuilding, but the the former Soviet Union’s Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier Varyag, never previously operational according to reports, and subsequently gutted ... [More]