Dongdao-class reefer ship

Dongdao (东岛, meaning East Island) class reefer ship is a class of naval auxiliary ship currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and at least three units were completed and entered service with PLAN from 1960 thru 1962.[1] This class can carry between seven hundred to eight hundred tons of frozen cargo.[1]

Name: Dongdao
Namesake: East Island
Completed: 1960 - 1962
Acquired: 1960 - 1962
Commissioned: 1960 - 1962
Maiden voyage: 1960
In service: 1960 onward
Fate: In reserve
Status: Being retired
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,600 long tons (1,600 t)
Length: 65.7 m (215 ft 7 in)
Beam: 12.5 m (41 ft 0 in)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 1 × marine diesel engine
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 40
  • Four 37 mm (1.5 in) guns and
  • four 14.5 mm (0.57 in) machine guns

Dongdao class ships in PLAN service are designated by a combination of two Chinese characters followed by three-digit number. The second Chinese character is Leng (冷), meaning cold in Chinese, because these ships are classified as refrigerator ship. 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.[1] However, the pennant numbers may have changed due to the change of Chinese naval ships naming convention.

 Class   Pennant #   Commissioned   Status   Fleet 
Dongdao Bei-Leng 201 1960 -1962 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongdao Bei-Leng 599 1960 - 1962 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongdao Dong-Leng 791 1960 - 1962 Active East Sea Fleet


  1. "Dongdao class AF". Retrieved April 3, 2013.
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