Beituo 659-class tug

General characteristics
Class and type: Beituo 659
Electronic warfare
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Armament: Unarmed
Aircraft carried: None
Aviation facilities: None

The Beituo 659-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 unknown; a total of two of this class have been confirmed in active service as of the mid-2010s.[1] Type 659-class is a design with a single deck and two levels of superstructures, with a semi-enclosed platform atop the second level.[1]

Beituo 659-class series ships in PLAN service are designated by a combination of two Chinese characters followed by a 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 in naming conventions for Chinese naval ships.

 Class   Pennant #   Status   Fleet 
Beituo 659-class Bei-Tuo 659 Active North Sea Fleet
Dongtuo 659-class Dong-Tuo 841 Active South Sea Fleet


  1. 1 2 3 "Beituo 659 class tug". Retrieved 5 August 2015.
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