Beituo 632-class tug

Beituo 632 class tug is a class of little known naval auxiliary ship currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN).[1] The name of this class is after the first unit commissioned, with the exact type still remains unknown, and a total of six of this class have been confirmed in active service as of mid-2010s.[1] Unlike other tugs in Chinese service, Type 632 class is the only tug having a chimney with rectangular/square cross section, and thus easily distinguishable by the sharp edges of the chimney.[1]

General characteristics
Class and type: Beituo 632
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Armament: Unarmed
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: None

Beituo 632 class series 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 632 class Bei-Tuo 632 Active North Sea Fleet
Beituo 632 class Bei-Tuo 675 Active North Sea Fleet
Beituo 632 class Bei -Tuo 769 Active North Sea Fleet
Beituo 632 class Dong-Tuo 879 Active East Sea Fleet
Beituo 632 class Nan-Tuo 172 Active South Sea Fleet
Beituo 632 class Nan-Tuo 177 Active South Sea Fleet


  1. "Beituo 632 class tug". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
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