Donggang class minesweeper
The PLA navy's mine hunter, Donggang, officially entered active service on 29 December 2016. The vessel consists of a mother ship and three 100-ton distant-control minesweepers. The displacement of the mother ship is close to 600 tons. With an advanced design and mine-hunting system, the vessel is able to locate and destroy various types of underwater mines. The North China Sea Fleet of the Chinese PLA Navy embraced a new minesweeper Donggang (Hull No. 814). A ceremony marking the commission of the new minesweeper was held at a naval port in Dalian, China's Liaoning province.
The Donggang is developed and built by China independently. Its full-load displacement reaches 600 tons. As the mother ship, it has three remote control mine hunters with a displacement of 100 tons each. The Donggang possesses advanced mine hunting system and mine-clearing equipment, and the remote control mine hunters are equipped with multi-type minesweeping tools. Apart from mine array surveillance and mine obstacle clearing, the Donggang is also able to undertake some auxiliary tasks such as seabed exploration, waterway detection, coast patrol, and escorting.
With its low cost and easy maintenance, operation of the ship doesn't require a large crew. In the future, the ship will be mainly responsible for investigation, seabed monitoring, patrolling and escorting. Dozens of missile operators have already been selected and intensively trained for work on the vessel.
The minesweeper is named after the Donggang City, a county-level coastal city in southeast Liaoning province.
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