China: frigates converted to cutters

Jiangwei I class vessels used.

China converting old frigates into coastguard cutters

Andrew Tate, LondonĀ – IHS Jane’s Navy International

Work appears to be underway to modify a number of Type 053H2G ‘Jiangwei I’-class frigates for transfer from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) to the China Coast Guard.

Photographs show two ‘Jiangwei I’ frigates alongside at a naval shipyard in Pudong, Shanghai, one of which has had most of its armament removed and the hull painted white. Limited work has been undertaken on the second so far.

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