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PRC Research Vessel Refuels, Restocks After 100 Days At Sea

PRC Research Vessel Refuels, Restocks After 100 Days At Sea
Yuan Wang 7 berthed at the Suva Port on April 24, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
April 25
10:00 2018

 

Yuan Wang 7 is one of the seven ships used for tracking and support of satellite and intercontinental ballistic missiles by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The Chinese research vessel has been a regular at the Kings Wharf to refuel and restock the past years.

Its unusual profile caught attention while docked at the Suva King’s wharf last weekend to do the same.

An official at the Chinese embassy in Suva confirmed Yuan Wang 7’s presence in the Fijian, Australian and Indian waters to carry out research tasks.

Like other Yuan Wang ships, this vessel is not a single class of identical design, but instead, a group of different designs grouped under the same series that share one name.

The vessel, constructed by Jiangnan Shipbuilding, and is able to operate for 100 days at sea.

China has seven Yuan wang space tracking ships, which have carried out some 70 expeditions and travelled more than 1.5 million nautical miles.

Construction on Yuan wang 7 started in 2014 and it was commissioned on July 12.

It is 224.9 meters long, 27.2 meters wide and 44.2 meters high, has a displacement of 27,000 tons. It is capable of resisting strong typhoons, and can carry 100 days of supplies.

The vessel is the second generation tracking ship of Yuan Wang series, capable of attaining speeds up to 20 kt, with a range of 18,000 nau¬tical miles and a cruising speed of 18 kt.

Yuan Wang 7 had left Suva Port on Monday and is expected to arrive in Australia, today.

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