China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) decommissioned three Type 053H1-class frigates and a Type 904 reef supply ship in ceremonies held on 13 and 15 July, respectively. All of the ships had been allocated to the South Sea Fleet and primarily operated in the South China Sea.
The recently retired frigates are Taizhou (pennant number 533), Jinhua (534), and Linfen (545), which were in-service for between 32 and 37 years. The ships, which displace around 1,500 tonnes, were equipped with two short-range RBU 1200 anti-submarine mortars, although their armament was primarily anti-surface, including 100 mm and 37 mm guns and four HY-2 anti-ship missiles.
Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight content, please enquire about our subscription options at ihsmarkit.com/janes