500 cubic meter class barge

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History
PRC
General characteristics
Class and type: 500m3 class
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Armament: Unarmed
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: None

500 cubic meter class barge is a class of little known naval auxiliary ship currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).[1] The name of this class is after the first unit commissioned, with the exact type still remains unknown, and a total of seven of this class have been confirmed in active service as of mid-2010s.[1] This class has twin chimneys.

500 cubic meter class barge class series in PLAN service are designated by a combination of two Chinese characters followed by three-digit number. The second Chinese character is Bo (驳), short for Bo-Chuan (驳船), meaning barge in Chinese, because these ships are classified as barges. The first Chinese character denotes which fleet the ship is service with, with East (Dong, 东) for East Sea Fleet, North (Bei, 北) for North Sea Fleet, and South (Nan, 南) for South Sea Fleet. However, the pennant numbers may have changed due to the change of Chinese naval ships naming convention.

 Class   Pennant #   Status   Fleet 
500m3 class Bei-Bo 65 Active North Sea Fleet
500m3 class Bei-Bo 66 Active North Sea Fleet
500m3 class Bei-Bo 67 Active North Sea Fleet
500m3 class Bei-Bo 68 Active North Sea Fleet
500m3 class Nan-Bo 37 Active South Sea Fleet
500m3 class Nan-Bo 42 Active South Sea Fleet
500m3 class Nan-Bo 44 Active South Sea Fleet

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "500m3 class barge". Retrieved 3 August 2015.