Why China Is Building The World's Largest "Coast Guard" CutterTyler Rogoway1/06/15 3:10pmFiled to: China12918EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe idea of a Coast Guard is one that has blurred in recent decades, with US Coast Guard vessels serving as far away from home as the Persian Gulf on a regular basis. Still, the Chinese Coast Guard's upcoming 10,000 plus ton super high-endurance cutters are clearly another sign of the country's extra-territorial ambitions. AdvertisementFor some prospective, America's largest non-icebreaker Coast Guard vessel is the Legend Class National Security Cutter, with a displacement of about 4,500 tons fully outfitted. Once China's massive cutters comes online, some predict they will push well over 12,000 or even close to 15,000 tons with all her systems installed. That is about three times the displacement of the National Security Cutter. In other words, China's new class of Coast Guard vessels are freakin' huge. So big in fact that they will outsize America's Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruisers by as much as 50%.There are two of these ships currently under construction at Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai. One has already received paint and appears to be ready for its sub-systems and missionized gear to be installed, while the other is still in an early stages finishing. Reports state that these ships will be able to hit 25 knots and will be outfitted with 76mm naval cannons, two secondary gun turrets, two anti-aircraft CIWS mounts as well as being able to carry at least a pair of large Z-8 multi-role helicopters. These helicopters, somewhat akin to a CH-53 Stallion, could move a lot of personnel and material very quickly without a port available.