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Chinese sonar trials ship Beidiao 993
Career (China)
Name: Beidiao 993
Builder: Tongfang Jiangxin Shipbuilding Company, China
Commissioned: December 2000
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics [1]
Displacement: 2,300 t (2,300 long tons; 2,500 short tons)
Length: 86.40 m (283 ft 6 in) o/a
81.50 m (267 ft 5 in) w/l
Beam: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)
Draught: 3.80 m (12 ft 6 in)
Depth: 6.80 m (22 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 3 × 2,200 kW (2,950 hp) MaK 6M453C diesel engines
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Range: 1,500 nmi (2,800 km; 1,700 mi)
Complement: 30 naval + 70 civilian

Beidiao 993 (Chinese: 北调 993) is an experimental ship chartered by the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), and operated by the 760th Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). Beidiao 993 is specifically designed to carry out experiments of acoustic equipment, such as sonar, and its crew is often composed both naval and civilian staff. Constructed by the Tongfang Jiangxin Shipbuilding Company (同方江新造船有限公司) in Jiangxi, trials begun in December 2000 in Dalian and the ship entered service in the same month. The name Beidiao means North (Sea Fleet) Investigation (Ship).


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