China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has commissioned a new Wozang-class (Type 082 II) mine countermeasures vessel (MCMV), according to the China Military Online website. The ship entered service with the PLAN's North Sea Fleet on 30 December at the Lushun naval base in the northeast of the country.
Named Donggang (pennant number 814) the vessel is the fifth of the class to enter service. The media report also confirmed that Donggang would operate as a mothership for three 100-tonne unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), which the US Office of Naval Intelligence designates as Wonang-class remotely controlled minesweepers.
The Type 082 II displaces around 600 tonnes, has a length of 55 m with a draught of 2.6 m, and a beam of 9.3 m, according to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships .
The first ship of the class entered service with the PLAN in 2005 and the second one in 2011. The other three have been commissioned within the past 18 months.
Photographs of other Wozang-class MCMVs show that they are equipped with underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for mine location, identification, and destruction.
These ROVs are similar in appearance to those used with the Italian Pluto system.
Donggang appears to be armed with a single barrelled 30 mm H/PJ14 gun.
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