China launched a new guided- missile frigate called 'Wuhai', which has stronger anti-submarine capabilities, in a commissioning ceremony held at a naval port in Dalian, north China's Liaoning province on Monday.
The Type 056 corvette Wuhai, with good stealth performance and powerful surface attack and air defence capability, will undertake multiple missions such as costal patrol, fishing boats escort, attacking surface warships and submarine of the "enemy" independently or in joint operations.
The new version of Type 056 ships, including the Wuhai, are more equipped with anti-submarine weapons, and while these ships do not have shipboard hangars, they can accommodate anti-submarine helicopters, said Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, state-run Global Times reported.
The Type 056 corvettes are 89 meters long and 12 meters wide, with a displacement of 1,300 tonnes. The Wuhai also features stealth and electromagnetic compatibilities, the report said.
The modified Type 056 corvettes have been widely deployed by the China Coast Guard as law-enforcement vessels, and are seen in the Huangyan Island in the disputed South China Sea as well as the waters off the disputed Islands in the East China Sea to safeguard China's maritime rights, the report added.