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SNEAK PEEK: The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, 16th Edition: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems

SNEAK PEEK: The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, 16th Edition: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems

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By Eric Wertheim
ISBN: 978-1-59114-954-5, 1,152 pp., 4,450 b/w photos, 9" x 12"
Called “the nation’s premier naval reference book,” Combat Fleets of the World is internationally acknowledged as the best one-volume reference to the world’s naval and paranaval forces. Updated regularly since 1976, it has come to be relied on for all-inclusive, accurate, and up-to-date data on the ships, navies, coast guards, and naval aviation arms of more than 170 countries and territories. Large fleets and small maritime forces get equally thorough treatment. Comprehensive indexes make the book easy to use and allow for quick comparisons between ships and fleets. This new edition, the first in five years, presents timely information on major and even minor developments that could impact the world scene. More than four thousand illustrations and multi-view drawings present the user with the most detailed views available for identification and comparison purposes. Additional aids for the user include a section on how to use the book, lists of terms and abbreviations,an informative ship-name index, and more. An expanded chapter on the Chinese navy provides major updates on the status of their new aircraft carrier and the latest Chinese submarines, surface ships and naval missiles. Dozens of detailed line drawings depict exactly where weapons and sensors are located on the world’s combatants such as the Iranian Ghadir-class submarines, the French Forbin-class destroyers, and the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships.
The ship data section for each country provides full coverage of all ships, from the largest aircraft carriers to the smallest training and auxiliary craft. The vessels of the world’s coast guards and customs services are given thorough treatment as well. But the book is much more than a ship encyclopedia. It includes information on the personnel strengths of each country’s naval forces, major base locations, and details on maritime radar, sonar, naval aircraft, and weapon systems currently in service.
Eric Wertheim is a defense consultant, columnist, and author specializing in naval and maritime affairs. Frequently interviewed by the news media, he has served as a speechwriter for Pentagon officials and a consultant to private industry and the U.S. government. He has been a columnist for Proceedings magazine since 1994. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.


By Eric Wertheim
ISBN: 978-1-59114-954-5, 1,152 pp., 4,450 b/w photos, 9" x 12"
Called “the nation’s premier naval reference book,” Combat Fleets of the World is internationally acknowledged as the best one-volume reference to the world’s naval and paranaval forces. Updated regularly since 1976, it has come to be relied on for all-inclusive, accurate, and up-to-date data on the ships, navies, coast guards, and naval aviation arms of more than 170 countries and territories. Large fleets and small maritime forces get equally thorough treatment. Comprehensive indexes make the book easy to use and allow for quick comparisons between ships and fleets. This new edition, the first in five years, presents timely information on major and even minor developments that could impact the world scene. More than four thousand illustrations and multi-view drawings present the user with the most detailed views available for identification and comparison purposes. Additional aids for the user include a section on how to use the book, lists of terms and abbreviations,an informative ship-name index, and more. An expanded chapter on the Chinese navy provides major updates on the status of their new aircraft carrier and the latest Chinese submarines, surface ships and naval missiles. Dozens of detailed line drawings depict exactly where weapons and sensors are located on the world’s combatants such as the Iranian Ghadir-class submarines, the French Forbin-class destroyers, and the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships.
The ship data section for each country provides full coverage of all ships, from the largest aircraft carriers to the smallest training and auxiliary craft. The vessels of the world’s coast guards and customs services are given thorough treatment as well. But the book is much more than a ship encyclopedia. It includes information on the personnel strengths of each country’s naval forces, major base locations, and details on maritime radar, sonar, naval aircraft, and weapon systems currently in service.
Eric Wertheim is a defense consultant, columnist, and author specializing in naval and maritime affairs. Frequently interviewed by the news media, he has served as a speechwriter for Pentagon officials and a consultant to private industry and the U.S. government. He has been a columnist for Proceedings magazine since 1994. He lives in the Washington D.C. area.


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GRP hull has 60-cm-diameter inlatable surrounding bulwark. The cratare designed to sel-right in case o capsizing in heavy seas. Extensive navigationalsuite includes Magellan NAV 1000 GPS receiver, Koden KS-5538 HFD/F, anemometer,echo sounder, and gyrocompass. Have diving, irst aid, and ireighting systems andcarry a six-man lie rat. A plan to procure eight more has not been carried out.
dsps nte:
Sister
 Kimitahi
(LSR 1701) was stricken 30-12-00.
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10 me-ss seh-n-ese ft [WYH]
Bldr: ASENAV, Valdivia (In serv. 1982–83)
LPM 1901
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LPM 1906
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LPM 1902
l
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LPM 1907
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LPM 1903
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LPM 1908
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LPM 1910
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gete mne Hsn (lPc 1823)
Maritime Photographic, 7-01
d:
14 tons (l)
S:
18 kts
d:
13.3 × 3.5 × 1.0
 a:
1 12.7-mm mg 
Eetns:
Radar: 1 Raytheon . . . nav.
m:
2 MTU 6V331 TC82 diesels; 2 props; 1,320 bhp (1,012 bhp sust.)
reks:
One unit o this class may have been renamed
 Robinson Crusoe.
u
 
6 ex–u.S. cst g 44-ft ese nhes [WYH]
Bldr: U.S.C.G. Yard, Curtis Bay, Md. (In serv. 31-3-61 to 8-5-73)
LSR 1703
p
elluhue
 
LSR 1706
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LSR 1704
 a 
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LSR 1707
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LSR 1705
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LSR 1708
C
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d:
14.9 tons light (17.7 l)
S:
13 kts (11.8 sust.)
d:
13.44 × 3.87 × 1.19
Eetns:
Radar: 1 SPS-57 nav.
m:
2 G.M. Detroit Diesel 6V53 diesels; 2 props; 372 bhp
rne:
185/11.8; 200/11
Fe:
1.2 tons
cew:
4 tot.
reks:
Donated and transerred 3-02. “Unsinkable” design. Can carry up to 21 res-cued personnel. LSR = Lancha de Salvamento y Rescate (Salvage and Rescue Launch). Are based at Constitución, Lebu, Maullín, Quellón, Melinka, and Valparaiso, respectively.
Nte:
Two 79-ton 25-meter boats,
Ona
(1601) and
Yagan
(1602), are also in service.
CHINA
People’s Republic of China
PEoPlE’S libEraTioN armY NaVY 
Pesnne:
About 255,000, including about 40,000 conscripts, 26,000 naval aviationpersonnel, and 10,000 members o the PLAN Marine Corps. The U.S. Navy’s Oice o Naval Intelligence provides a slightly higher igure o approximately 290,000 totalnaval personnel. Most transport auxiliaries and service crat are civilian-manned.
bses:
PLAN Headquarters is located in Beijing. The North Sea Fleet headquartersis at Qingdao, in Shandong Province, where all nuclear submarines assigned to theleet had previously been homeported (prior to completion o the South Sea Fleetsubmarine base at Hainan Island), with other major bases at Lüshun (surace com-batants), and Huludao (conventional submarines) and smaller acilities at Jiaonan,Weihai, Chengshan, Yingkou, Qinhuangdao, Tianjin, Yantai, and Liugongdao.Important shipbuilding acilities are located at Dalian and Huludao, which housesChina’s only nuclear submarine construction and support acilities.The East Sea Fleet has its main headquarters at Ningbo, with other major basesat Zhoushan (surace combatants), Xiangshan (submarines), and Wusong (Shanghai).Smaller acilities are located at Lianyungang, Dinghai, Wenzhou, Ningde, Fuzhou,and Xiamen.Important shipbuilding acilities are located in Shanghai at Jiangren Shipyard andHudong-Zhonghua Shipyard (China’s largest surace-ship construction yards) and atthe inland Wuhan, on the Yangzi River (diesel submarine construction acilities).The South Sea Fleet, currently the largest and most modern o the three PLANleets, is headquartered at Zhanjiang, Guangdong, with other major bases at Yulinand Guangzhou and smaller acilities at Beihai, Shantou, Haikou, Mawei, and Hong Kong. Yulin’s extensive nuclear submarine base was operational by 2008 at Sanya, onHainan Island. The acility, known as the 2nd Submarine Base, houses deperming andextensive underground acilities or submarine operations.
Pnv Fes:
In addition to the PLAN, several other agencies operate armedships, including the Customs Service (Hai Guan), the Maritime Section o the Public
d:
29 tons (39 l)
S:
19 kts
d:
19.8 × 5.8 × 0.8
 a:
2 single 20-mm 70-cal. Oerlikon AA; 2 single 12.7-mm mg (see comments below)
Eetns:
Radar: 1 Decca 916 nav.
m:
2 G.M. 12V71 TI diesels; 2 props; 960 bhp (840 bhp sust.)
Eet:
20 kw
rne:
1,200/17
cew:
2 oicers, 8 enlisted
reks:
LPC 1814 through LPC 1818 purchased used in 9-90 and commissioned inChile 3-1-91, all or service in the 4th Naval Zone. LPC 1820 through LPC 1823 pur-chased in 1995, commissioned 16-3-95, and based at Iquique. Quarters air-conditionedand spacious. Aluminum construction. Carry a semirigid inlatable inspection boat at.When new, could make 25 knots but are now operating at about ive tons over designeddisplacement.
ct systes:
Carry two 20-mm mounts and two 12.7-mm machineguns (exceptLPC 1817, which carries only two 12.7-mm machineguns and LPC 1818, which carries just one 12.7-mm machinegun).
dsps nte:
Sisters
Grumete David Campos
(LPC 1819) and
Grumete Domingo Johnson
(LPC 1822) were retired rom service by 2007.
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15 rn 800–ss h nhes [WYFl]
Bldr: Rodman Polyship S.A., Vigo, Spain (In serv. 1996)
PM 2031 through PM 2045
rn 800–ss Pm 2034
Maritime Photographic, 7-01
d:
5 tons (l)
S:
30 kts
d:
8.9 × 3.0 × 0.80
 a:
1 12.7-mm mg 
Eetns:
Radar: 1 Raytheon . . . nav.
m:
2 Volvo Penta outdrive diesels; 300 bhp
rne:
150/25
cew:
3 tot.
reks:
GRP construction. Used or harbor patrol and search-and-rescue duties.
Nte:
Several earlier harbor patrol launches in the PM number series are also inservice, including PM 2023, PM 2024, and PM 2030.
u
 
1 aSmar 1160  nfte seh-n-ese ft [WYH]
Bldr: ASMAR, Valparaiso
LSR 1700
t
okerau
 
(In serv. 14-2-92)
Tke (lSr 1700)
 ASMAR, 8-91
 an (1903)
Paolo Marsan collection, 2005
d:
7.8 tons light (10 l)
S:
25 kts (22 sust.)
d:
12.66 (11.73 hull, 10.78 wl) × 3.90 (3.30 hull) × 0.75
 a:
None
Eetns:
Radar: 1 Decca RD-80 nav.
m:
2 Volvo Penta TAMD-61A diesels; 2 Hamilton 291 waterjets; 612 bhp
rne:
310/20; 500/16
Fe:
1,800 liters
cew:
4 tot. + up to 32 survivors
 
105
cHiNa 
PEoPlE’S libEraTioN armY NaVY 
(continued)
 Y-8 aSW te pt ft
JMSDF via
 Ships of the World
, 2010
Z-9a dphn
Mitsuhiro Kadota, 2008
Z-8 Spe Fen
 Ships of the World,
2009
Ka-28Pl Hex
JMSDF via
 Ships of the World
, 2010Security Bureau (Hai Gong), and the Maritime Command o the Border Security Force(Gong Bian). There is also a China Maritime Saety Administration, a Ministry o Fish-eries, and a coast guard. The China Marine Surveillance organization was establishedin 1998 as an arm o the State Oceanic Administration.
Hn Kn:
Although the ormer Royal Hong Kong Police Force and its Marine Regioncrat became Chinese government property as o 1-7-97, it continues to be subordinatedto the semiautonomous Hong Kong government (see separate listing or Hong Kong).
Nv avtn:
Under the operational control o the PLAN, the Naval Air Arm con-sists o a orce o approx. 26,000 personnel and some 475 ixed-wing aircrat and 90helicopters. Currently, the PLANAF ixed-wing orces comprise 3 bomber regiments, 5ighter regiments, 4 ighter-bomber regiments, 2 reconnaissance/electronic intelligenceregiments, 2 transport regiments, and 4 training regiments. Major naval air stationsare at Huludao, Shanhaiguan, Liangxiang, Laiyang, Jiaodong, Qingdao, Shanghai-Dachang, Luqiao, Leiyang, Haikou, Lingshui, and Sanya/Yulin International airport.The Naval Air Arm’s order o battle includes some 550–600 aircrat, including theollowing (all igures are approximate):
Fxe Wn:
36 F-7 (J-7) “Fishbed” interceptors (a modiied copy o the MiG-21F)48 F-8 (J-8) “Finback” all-weather ighters84 JH-7 Flying Leopard strike aircrat24 J-11 (Russian Su-30MK2 “Flanker”) attack aircrat30 Nanchang Q-5 Fantan strike aircrat20 B-5 (H-5) bombers (copy o the Soviet Il-28 “Beagle”)30 B-6 (H-6D) bombers (copy o the Tu-16 “Badger”)4 Shaanxi Y-8 ASW maritime patrol aircrat (modiied copy o An-12 “Cub”—equipped with Racal Skymaster radar)3 Harbin Y-12 maritime surveillance aircrat, with Terma SLAR (the aircrat areassigned to the China Maritime Services, ostensibly or environmental and oil-spill surveillance)4 PS-5 ASW aircrat4 Harbin SH-5 amphibians used or reconnaissance (powered by our 3,150-hpturboprops or a cruising speed o 300 kts and a 2,850-n.m. range, 1,200-n.m.patrol radius at 45 tons max. takeo weight, 10-ton payload (including 6 tonsdepth bombs). Equipped with MAD boom, guns, and radar. First light 3-4-76.Can operate 12 hours on our engines or 15 on two at 6,000-t. altitude3 HY-6D tanker aircrat (modiied copy o Russian Tu-16 “Badger”)6 Russian AN-26 “Curl” transport aircrat4 Cot Y-8 transport aircrat (modiied copy o An-12 “Cub”)4 Xi’an Y-7 transport aircrat50 Shijiazhuang Y-5 transport aircrat2 YAK-42 “Clobber” transport aircrat Approximately 120 ixed-wing aircrat are also used or training purposes including,F-6 (J-6) MiG-19 “Farmer” copies, PT-6 (CJ-6) basic trainers, and HJ-6 bomber training aircrat.
Nte:
Unconirmed reports indicate that China has ordered 36 Tupolev Tu-22M3 Back-ire medium range bombers rom Russia with deliveries set to begin by 2014.
Heptes:
40 Super Frelon SA.321 (also built in China as the Z-8) heavy shipboard helicopters13 Kamov Ka-28PL ASW Helix (6 additional units are on order)4 Kamov Ka-28PL search-and-rescue helicopters25 Eurocopter AS.565 “Dauphin” ASW helicopters (built in China as the Z-9)8 Russian Mi-8 “Hip” transport helicopter
Nv infnty:
The Naval Inantry/Marine Corps consists o about 10,000 pesonneldivided into two brigades, each o which includes three mechanized inantry battalions,a ourth nonmechanized inantry battalion, two tank battalions, a special operationsorce unit, a missile battalion (or antitank and missile deense), an engineering chemi-cal deense battalion, a communications/electronic warare battalion, an amphibious re-connaissance battalion, and logistical support units. Naval Inantry employ more than100 T-63 amphibious tanks (Russian PT-76 with 85-mm gun), about 60 ZTD-05 lightamphibious tanks (26-tons, armed with a 105-mm gun), 180+ lightly armed Type-63armored personnel carriers, and around 200 ZBD-05 amphibious inantry ighting vehi-cles (armed with 30-mm gun and AT missiles). Artillery includes towed 122-mm guns andType 63 multiple rocket launchers (107-mm) as well as 82-mm and 120-mm mortars.
WEaPoNS aNd SENSorS
The ballistic missiles on the Xia-class SSBNs and nearly all other weapons on Chineseships are o Chinese manuacture, with many being copies or derivatives o Soviet orEuropean systems. Increasingly, however, Chinese weapons and sensors are o indig-enous design and manuacture.
 a. miSSilES
u
 
Stte bst msses
J ln-1 (Jl-1/c-SS-N-3)
—Became “operational” 7-88 ater proo launch rom theone Xia-class submarine, but there are conlicting reports on whether it ever enteredservice. Single stage, solid uel.
 Ju Lang
means “Giant Voice.” Approx. 250 kT warheadand CEP o 350 m.
lenth:
10.0 m
dete:
1.5 m
Weht:
14,000 kg 
rne:
2,700–3,600 km
J ln-2 (Jl-2/cSS-NX-4)
—Successor to Ju Lang-1 (JL-2/CSS-N-3) in develop-ment or use aboard the Jin-class SSBN. Essentially a navalized version o the land-based DF-31A. JL-2 is to have a maximum range o 8,000 km and carry either a single250–650-kT or three 90-kT warheads. Three stages, solid propellant. First sea-basedlaunch took place mid-1-01, rom a modiied Xia-class submarine.
u
 
 antshp bst msses (n se)
dF-21d (cSS-5 m 4):
Land-based antiship ballistic missile under developmentsince the 1990s or use against aircrat carrier–sized assets. The weapon is a varianto the DF-21 medium-range ballistic missile with the capability to perorm a mid-course ballistic correction maneuver to update the target’s location and then guide amaneuvering reentry vehicle to the target. The DF-21D reportedly achieved IOC by2011 and up to 80 missiles are likely to be in service by 2015; 1,500-km range.
u
 
 antshp cse msses
c-101 H Yn-3 (cSS-c-5 St):
Surace and air-launched weapon with a 400-kg high-explosive, armor-piercing warhead. Has two ramjet sustainers.
lenth:
7.20 m
dete:
0.76 m
Wnspn:
1.20 m
Weht:
2,000 kg 
Spee:
Mach 2.0
rne:
50 km
 atte:
300 m
c-201 H Yn-2 (HY-2/cSSc-3 Seeske):
Improved version o the RussianP-15 Termit (NATO SS-N-2 Styx). Uses a jettisonable solid-rocket booster and a solid-uel sustainer, vice the liquid uel used with the HY-1. Guidance is by gyro autopilot,with radar terminal homing. Have a 513-kg high explosive warhead.
lenth:
7.36 m
Wnspn:
2.41 m
Weht:
2,998 kg 
Spee:
Mach 0.9
rne:
70–95 km
 atte:
30–100 mOther versions include the Hai Ying-2A with inrared, vice radar, terminal homing, andthe Hai Ying-2G, which is radar altimeter–equipped, with 20-m cruise altitude, descend-ing to 8 m during radar terminal homing. Also reported to have the coast-deense variantC-201W, with a range o 45 km.

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