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Dazhou Class (Small Submarine Tender)

Small general-purpose support craft for submarines. Have also been used as electronic surveillance ships. The Dazhou-class ASL is a small, armed submarine tender equipped with a boom-type crane aft of the stack. Armament consists of one twin 37mm gunmount forward of the bridge and two 14.5mm guns aft on either side of the crane. There were two units in the class, both of which were assigned to the South Sea Fleet (SSF). Both were built 1977-78at Guangzhou (Kuang-chou) Shipyard Dunglong (Tung-lang). The construction of these vessels parallelled the increase in diesel submarine strength in the SSF and reflected the growing need for their support.

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