Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines Military Pay Scale Military Ranks


RoCN Ching Chiang (class)

Patrol Corvette Warship (1994)

Naval Warfare

1 / 1
Image via Wikipedia from user E3120656; Public Domain.

Jump-to: Specifications

The Ching Chiang-class of patrol corvettes continues to serve the modern navy service of Taiwan in the defense role.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 11/30/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.
To support offshore defense and related operations for the nation of Taiwan, the Republic of China Navy (RoCN) commissioned an all-new class of corvette-sized patrol ships under the Ching Chiang-class name during the 1990s. Twelve ships of the group were procured in all with the lot built locally by the skilled shipbuilders of CSBC Corporation. Of the dozen ships completed, eleven remain in active service as of this writing (2021) with lead-ship RoCN Ching Chiang having been retired in February of 2021.

Construction of the class ran from 1994 until 2000 and commissioned service has been ongoing since 1994.

The ships displace 580 tons under load and have a length of 201.4 feet, a beam measuring 31.1 feet, and a draught down to 9.5 feet. In particular the last quality (draught / height) gives the warships an inherent tactical ability to operate close-to-shore where other larger warships cannot. The conventional powerplant/propulsion scheme allows the ships to make headway at 25 knots.

Aboard is a crew typically numbering 50 personnel.

The warships are modestly-sized and their post-Cold War era roots clearly show through: there are many protrusions apparent throughout their design including exposed mast works, spans of railing, and gaps throughout the upper superstructure (quite uncommon in today's stealth-centric designs). Their arrangement is fairly traditional with the traversable deck gun seated over the forecastle followed by the elevated bridge section, low-profile smoke funnels amidships, and aft superstructure section. Crossed missile launchers are positioned at the stern.

These warships do not (and cannot) support rotary-wing elements.

The complete weapons set originally included 1 x 20mm automatic cannon, 1 x 40mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) gun, and 1 x HF-1 Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launcher ("Hsiung Feng I"). However, a 2012 refit saw the ASM systems (on only some vessels) succeeded by 4 x HF-3 ASM units (the aforementioned stern emplacements). The original 40mm AA gun has also been replaced by the Italian 76mm OTO-Melara weapon system offering a much heftier ranged punch.


Service Year

Taiwan national flag graphic

In Active Service.

CSBC Corporation - Taiwan
Ching Chiang-class

ROCS Ching Chiang (PGG-603); ROCS Dan Chiang (PGG-605); ROCS Sing Chiang (PGG-606); ROCS Feng Chiang (PGG-607); ROCS Tzeng Chiang (PGG-608); ROCS Kao Chiang (PGG-609); ROCS Jin Chiang (PGG-610); ROCS Hsiang Chiang (PGG-611); ROCS Tze Chiang (PGG-612); ROCS Po Chiang (PGG-614); ROCS Chang Chiang (PGG-615); ROCS Chu Chiang (PGG-617)

National flag of Taiwan Taiwan
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Offshore Operation
Activities conducted near shorelines in support of allied activities.

Main armament is housed in primary turret(s) arrangement offering enhanced protection.

201.4 ft
61.39 m
31.1 ft
9.48 m
9.5 ft
2.90 m

Installed Power: Conventional powerplant / propulsion scheme driving 2 x Shafts astern.
Surface Speed
25.0 kts
(28.8 mph)

kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
1 x 20mm automatic cannon.
1 x 40mm Anti-Aircraft (AA) cannon.
1 x HF-1 Anti-Ship Missile (ASM) launcher.

2012 REFIT (not available to all vessels of the class):
1 x 76mm OTO-Melara turreted deck gun.
1 x 20mm automatic cannon.
4 x HF-3 ASM launchers.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a modern warship turreted deck gun armament
Graphical image of an aircraft automatic cannon
Graphical image of an aircraft anti-ship missile

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)

Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2

Ribbon graphics not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective naval campaigns / operations / periods.


Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2022 Military Pay Scale Army Ranks Navy Ranks Air Force Ranks Alphabet Code DoD Dictionary American War Deaths French Military Victories Vietnam War Casualties

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world, WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft, and SR71blackbird.org, detailing the history of the world's most iconic spyplane.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo

www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-