China Launches the Country's Largest and Most Advanced Patrol Vessel
Over the weekend China launched their largest and most advanced patrol vessel, the Haixun 01, set to join the patrol fleet of more than 300 vessels for duty by the end of the year.
The vessel was revealed at Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co. in Wuhan, Hubei Province as the new flagship vessel capable of maritime surveillance and rescue missions. Shanghai Maritime Bureau, who made the announcement, will manage the ship.
The vessel is 5,418 tons and 128.6 meters in length, with sailing speeds of up to 37 km per hour and a maximum sailing distance of 18,520 km without the need for refueling.
Platforms onboard can accommodate helicopter take offs and landings for refueling and search and rescue efforts. The vessel is equipped with onboard emergency medical and surgery facilities, and is capable of taking in 200 passengers.
Currently China has two patrol vessels weighing more than 3,000 tons, the Haixun 11 and the Haixun 31.
China’s latest vessel is a clear statement that the country plans to ramp up monitoring of their waters and coastlines. The new patrol vessel comes amid an ongoing dispute with neighboring countries such as the Philippines and Malaysia over territories in the South China Sea.
Images courtesy of Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration of the People's Republic of China