Two Chinese Frigates for Myanmar
The Chinese Navy (PLAN) has transferred two of their older Type 053H1 frigates (NATO name Jianghu-2) to the Myanmar Navy. Based on an earlier Soviet Riga Class (Project 50) design of frigate the Type 053 covers a family of sub-classes with variants that were built starting in the mid 1970's until 2004. The 053H1 class was built at the Hudong Shipyard, China from 1981 to 1988.
Caption: A Type 053H1 Class frigate belonging to the Bangladesh Navy.
Image credit: Bangladesh Navy
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. It has a vee 12 cylinder configuration with bore and stroke of 390 mm x 470 mm. There is also a V18 cylinder model of this series with an output of 8,820 kW used in later variants.
Two type 053H1 frigates of this class were supplied to the Egyptian Navy, the Najim Al-Zafir (951) and the El Nasser (956) in 1984-85 with a further ship Osman (F18) sold to Bangladesh in 1989. Four of the later type 053H2 frigates were supplied to the Royal Thailand Navy 1991-92 with a CODAD arrangement of four MTU 20V1183TB84 engines driving two CPP propellers.
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. The Sword Class uses a CODAD configuration of four Pielstick 16PA6 STC engines each of 5700 kW at 1084 rpm.
Caption: A V18 cylinder 390VA series marine diesel engine rated at 8.8 MW at 480 rpm.
Image credit: Shanghai Diesel Engine Company
Tags: Chinese Navy, PLAN, Myanmar, Riga Class, Project 50, Jianghu-2, 053, Hudong, 12E390VA, 18E390VA, Egyptian Navy, Pakistan, F-22, Sword Class