Beituo 617-class tug

The Beituo 617 class tug is a little known class of naval auxiliary currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).[1] The name of this class is taken from that of the first unit commissioned, with the exact type still remaining unknown; a total of two of this class have been confirmed as being in active service as of the mid-2010s.[1] The Beituo 617 class is a single deck design with a two level superstructure, a platform is atop of the second level.[1]

General characteristics
Class and type: Beituo 617
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Armament: Unarmed
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: None

The Beituo 617 class ships in PLAN service are designated by a combination of two Chinese characters followed by three-digit number. The second Chinese character is Tuo (拖), meaning tug in Chinese, because these ships are classified as tugboats. The first Chinese character denotes which fleet the ship is service with, with East (Dong, 东) for East Sea Fleet, North (Bei, 北) for North Sea Fleet, and South (Nan, 南) for South Sea Fleet. However, the pennant numbers may have changed due to the change of Chinese naval ships naming convention.

 Class   Pennant #   Status   Fleet 
Beituo 617 class Bei-Tuo 617 Active North Sea Fleet
Beituo 617 class Bei-Tuo 655 Active North Sea Fleet


  1. "Beituo 617 class tug". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
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