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A torpedo boat is a high speed planing boat carrying torpedo as their principal attack weapon. They are small, high speed, powerful, low cost, highly maneuverable, agile and concealed. They are suitable for sea shore and good at attack on enemy surface ships in cooperation with other forces in formation or in single, and is known as the "light cavalry at sea".

It is estimated that all Type 25 torpedo boats had been retired from operational service by the late 1990s, with a few serving with navy schools for training purposes.

In 1966, No.701 Institute designed a four tube torpedo boat, the principal technical leaders responsible for the project were Yan Jianxiu and Cao Guanzhong. The lead boat built by Wuzhou and Gueijiang shipyards was completed and handed over to the Navy in September 1976. Later, after design improvement, sea trials on powering characteristics, seakeeping test, and torpedo director [a four tube salvo hooting check], it was proved that this independently developed four tube torpedo boat had a high hit probability of torpedo, a good seakeeping characteristics and great combat power.

Displacement45.8 tons (full load)
Length71.5 ft
Beam20.7 ft
Draft11.8 ft (hullborne)
Speed50 kts foilborne
Endurance500 miles at 30 kts
Propulsion3 Type M 50 diesels 3,300 hp(m) (2.42 MW) sustained 3 shafts
Guns4 China 14.5 mm (2 twin) 85' elevation 600 rds/min to 3.8 nm
Torpedoes2 - 21 in (533 mm) tubes
RadarsSkin Head or China Type 753 I-Band Surface Search
ACTIVE31 - No names or hull numbers

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