Beituo 715-class tug

Beituo 715 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 since the commission of the first unit in 1980, a total of seven of this class have been confirmed in active service as of mid-2010s.[1] This class of tug is a single hull and single deck design, with deck covers.[1]

Awarded: 1980
Launched: 1980
Acquired: 1980
Commissioned: 1980
Maiden voyage: 1980
General characteristics
Class and type: Beituo 715
Type: Tugboat
Tonnage: 211 long tons (214 t)
Displacement: 166 long tons (169 t)
Length: 27.03 m (88 ft 8 in)
Beam: 6.8 m (22 ft 4 in)
Draught: 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Depth: 3.2 m (10 ft 6 in)
Decks: 1
  • 1 × 8170 marine diesel engine, 500 hp (373 kW)
  • 1 × 6134 marine diesel engine, 160 hp (119 kW)
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Armament: Unarmed
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: None

Beituo 715 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 715 class Bei-Tuo 715 Active North Sea Fleet
Beituo 715 class Dong-Tuo 838 Active East Sea Fleet
Beituo 715 class Dong-Tuo 846 Active East Sea Fleet
Beituo 715 class Dong-Tuo 848 Active East Sea Fleet
Beituo 715 class Dong-Tuo 859 Active East Sea Fleet
Beituo 715 class Nan-Tuo 146 Active South Sea Fleet
Beituo 715 class Nan-Tuo 401 Active South Sea Fleet


  1. "Beituo 715 class tug". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
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