Photographs circulating on Chinese social media sites show a Type 927 twin-hulled acoustic surveillance ship berthed at the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) main South Sea Fleet base at Zhanjiang. The vessel bears the pennant number 780 and appears to be flying a naval ensign, indicating that the ship has most probably entered service.
The Type 927 displaces about 5,000 tonnes and is similar in appearance to the US Navy’s ocean surveillance ships. Three are known to have been built, two at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou and one at the Shuangliu shipyard in Wuhan.
A photograph of the ship bearing the pennant number 780 berthed at the Huangpu shipyard had previously appeared online.
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