Qin Ren-Class River Gunboat, Ding Bian - Imperial Puppet of the Songhuajiang

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Qin Ren-Class River Gunboat, Ding Bian

TL;DR
Coastal vessel, Manchurian gunboat armed with Japanese destroyer guns

History:
A river gunboat built for the Manchukuo puppet state, it was an improved version of an earlier gunboat class, and was built in sections in Japan before being transferred to Harbin for completion. Ding Bian (alternatively romanized Ting Pien), its sister Qin Ren, and the preceding Shun Tian and Yang Min were equipped with relatively powerful weaponry, comparable to larger river monitors, and were the most powerful ships operating in the Songhua River.

It was commissioned in 1935 and served in the Manchu River Defence Fleet (or “Jiangshang Army”), patrolling the Songhua river. In 1944, the 120mm guns were dismantled and transferred to Anshan for air defence, though the navy put mock wooden barrels on the ships to give the illusion they still had their guns. During the Manchurian campaign, parts of the Manchu River Fleet revolted, executed any Japanese personnel, and surrendered to the Soviet forces. Ding Bian and the rest of the fleet were recalled to Harbin where they donned the “Blue Sky with a White Sun” Republican flag, and were then captured by the advancing Soviets. Some of the ships were commissioned into the Soviet Amur River Fleet with Ding Bian being renamed “KL-58” and fitted with Soviet weapons. It was later scrapped in the 1950s or 60s.

Specifications:

Armament:
1x2 120mm 10th year
1x1 120mm 10th year
2x1 70mm/12 mortar
3x2 13.2mm Type 93 MGs
80 Mines

Displacement:
290 tons full

Length: 59.4m

Beam: 8.8m

Draft: 0.9m

Propulsion: 2 diesel engines, 800 hp, driving 2 shafts

Speed: 13 knots (24.1 km/h)

Range: Unknown

Crew: 90

Systems:
Rangefinder

Images:


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Drawings:

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“The Manchukuo fleet donning the Republican flag”

Sources:
Chen, Y. (2016). Minguo haijun jianchuan zhi: 1938–1945 [Record of the Republic of China Navy’s Warships: 1938–1945]. (pp. 341 - 363) Jinan: Shandong huabao chubanshe.
Gogin, I. (2022). Fighting ships of World War Two 1937 - 1945. Volume IX. Asia, Africa, Latin America. (p. 36). Kindle Edition.
Jowett, P. S. (2011). Rays of the Rising Sun. Armed Forces of Japan’s Asian Allies, 1931–45. Volume 1: China and Manchukuo. (p. 265). Kindle Edition.

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When China gets their navy, this should be added! +1

+1 for the Japanese tech tree.

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