Dongleng-class reefer ship

Dongleng (东冷, meaning East Cold) class reefer ship is a class of naval auxiliary ship currently in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and at least thirteen 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]

Completed: 1960 - 1962
Commissioned: 1960 - 1962
Maiden voyage: 1960
In service: 1960 onward
Status: In reserve
Notes: Being retired
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,290 long tons (1,310 t)
Length: 60.5 m (198 ft 6 in)
Beam: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft 1 in)
Propulsion: 6DRN marine diesel engines, 750 hp (559 kW)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 35
  • Four 25 mm (0.98 in) guns and
  • four 14.5 mm (0.57 in) machine guns

Dongleng 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. These ships are being retired in since early 2010s.

 Class   Pennant #   Commissioned   Status   Fleet 
Dongleng Bei-Leng 531 1960 -1962 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongleng Bei-Leng 591 1960 - 1962 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongleng Bei-Leng 592 1960 -1962 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongleng Bei-Leng 594 1960 - 1962 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongleng Dong-Leng 794 1960 -1962 Active East Sea Fleet
Dongleng Nan-Leng 972 1960 - 1962 Active South Sea Fleet
Dongleng Nan-Leng 975 1960 - 1962 Active South Sea Fleet


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