Former PLAN Frigate Arrives in Sri Lanka

A former Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jiangwei I (Type 053 H2G)-class frigate acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July: a little over a month after the vessel was formally transferred to the service. In a statement issued that same day the SLN said the refurbished 111.7 m-long and 12.4...

A former Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Jiangwei I (Type 053 H2G)-class frigate acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July: a little over a month after the vessel was formally transferred to the service.

Ex-PLAN frigate <I&gtTongling</I>, which was formally handed over to the SLN on 5 June, arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July. (Sri Lanka Navy)
Ex-PLAN frigate <I>Tongling</I>, which was formally handed over to the SLN on 5 June, arrived at the Sri Lankan port of Colombo on 8 July. (Sri Lanka Navy)

In a statement issued that same day the SLN said the refurbished 111.7 m-long and 12.4 m-wide vessel, which bears pennant number P 625, is scheduled to be commissioned “in the near future”.

The ship, which has a full-load displacement of 2,286 tonnes and a crew of 110 (including 18 officers), first entered service with the PLAN in 1994 under the name Tongling (542).

Source: www.janes.com