The Huizhou (596) and Qinzhou (597) are Type 056 Jiangdao-class frigates. There seems to be some dispute in the nomenclature as to whether these are frigates or corvettes. It appears equipped with sufficient anti-ship, anti-aircraft and anti-submarine systems to fulfill a multirole mission (similar to that envisaged for the British Type 26 and the American LCS). A initial batch of 40 frigates/corvettes is planned by the Chinese Navy.
Two new-type frigates of PLA Hong Kong Garrison commissioned
HONG KONG, July 2 (ChinaMil) — The Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) held the commissioning, naming and flag-granting ceremony for the Huizhou frigate and the Qinzhou frigate at 10:00 on the morning of July 1, 2013 at the Stonecutters Island naval port in Hong Kong, marking that the two new-type frigates are formally commissioned.
The newly-commissioned Huizhou frigate and the Qinzhou frigate with the hull numbers of 596 and 597 respectively are China’s independently designed, developed and produced new-generation light guided-missile frigate integrated with many types of weapons and equipment, possessing good stealth performance and strong electromagnetic compatibility, according to the briefing.
The two frigates will be mainly responsible for tasks including patrolling, defense, naval escort and operation against sea targets after their commissioning. In addition, they will gradually replace the guided-missile escort boats now in service, becoming the main combat equipment of the PLA Hong Kong Garrison for maritime defense.
After the ceremony, the two frigates were open to the Hong Kong residents for the first time and a total of 13,000 Hong Kong residents boarded the frigates for visit.