Chinese Navy Rescues 2 Crew Members from Sinking Mongolian Ship

A vessel of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy rescued two drowning crew members from a sinking Mongolian ship in waters off Wenzhou in east China’s Zhejiang Province around midnight Sunday.

The PLA’s Eastern Theater Command said in a statement that its command center sent the naval vessel Jinan for rescue after receiving report that the cargo ship was sinking around 11 p.m. Sunday.

One of the two rescued is Chinese Taiwanese, and the other is Indonesian. The statement added that their lives are not in danger.

Altogether 11 people were on the Mongolian ship, which was shipping white sugar from Taichung in Taiwan, to the Republic of Korea.

The statement said the vessel Jinan would continue its search and rescue and had not found other crew members so far, though it had seen several floating life jackets.

Chinese destroyer Jinan (152)

Jinan (152) is a Type 052C class (NATO code name Luyang II class, or Lanzhou class after the lead ship) guided-missile destroyer of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

The Type 052C is designed for the fleet air defence role, and is equipped with the Type 346 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Type 346 is a four array phased array radar providing 360-degree coverage. The radar is used in conjunction with vertically launched HHQ-9 long-range air defence missiles.

The vessel also carries YJ-62 anti-ship missiles (AShM).

The Type 052C was the first warship in the People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force to have true long-range fleet air defence capability.

Aviation facilities included a rear hangar and flight deck for one Ka-28-A or Z-9 helicopter.

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