Type 626 tanker

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History
PRC
Name: Fuzhou
Namesake: Fuzhou
Builder: Guangzhou Shipyard
Completed: 1964 – 1970
Acquired: 1964 – 1970
Commissioned: 1964 – 1970
Maiden voyage: 1964
In service: 1964 onward
Fate: Being retired
Status: In reserve
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,200 long tons (1,200 t)
Length: 66 m (216 ft 6 in)
Beam: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Draught: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × marine diesel engine, 600 hp (447 kW)
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 35
Sensors and
processing systems:
Type 756 or Fine Curve radar
Armament:
  • 2 twin 25 mm (0.98 in) and
  • 2 twin 14.5 mm (0.57 in) guns

Type 626 tanker is a type of naval auxiliary ship currently in service with the People's Republic of China Navy (PLAN).[1] Designed as a type that is capable of transport both water and oil, these ships entered service between 1964 – 1970.[1] Type 626 tanker has received NATO reporting name as Fuzhou class, after the Chinese city Fuzhou.[2] After transferred to reserves, these ships begun to retire in the early 2010s.

Type 626 tankers in PLAN service are designated by a combination of two Chinese characters followed by three-digit number. The second Chinese character is You (油), meaning oil in Chinese, or Shui (水), meaning water, because these ships are classified either as oil and water tankers. 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.

 Type   Pennant #   Builder   Commissioned   Status   Fleet 
626 Bei -You 560 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active North Sea Fleet
626 Bei-You 563 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active North Sea Fleet
626 Bei-You 573 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active North Sea Fleet
626 Dong-Shui 643 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active East Sea Fleet
626 Dong-Shui 644 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active East Sea Fleet
626 Dong-You 606 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active East Sea Fleet
626 Dong-You 626 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active East Sea Fleet
626 Dong-You 629 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active East Sea Fleet
626 Nan-Shui 938 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active South Sea Fleet
626 Nan-You 940 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active South Sea Fleet
626 Nan-You 941 Guangzhou Shipyard 1964 - 1970 Active South Sea Fleet

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Type 626 AOT". Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ Shengli class