China Coast Guard and Patrol vessels


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found an overview of CCG Ships on

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anyone an idea what the third column is for? (249 F; 14 F,....) ??

i think its:
1st column: current CCG ship number
2nd column: former unit name
3rd column: ???
4th column: former detachment of the ship

can anyone help?



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I always wonder what is the purpose of such large coast guard vessels, and my theory is that they can be used to patrol overseas sea lanes, such as around Africa for example, and would be able to assist in large scale evacuation of Chinese nationals in troubled areas. Another kind of mission would be for search and rescue of passengers in a lost airliner or cruise ship in the deep ocean area.