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RoCN Ching Chiang (class)

Patrol Corvette Warship

Taiwan | 1994

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

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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 The original 40mm AA gun has also been replaced by the Italian 76mm OTO-Melara weapon system offering a much heftier ranged punch.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one sea-going vessel design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for RoCN Ching Chiang (class).
Conventional powerplant / propulsion scheme driving 2 x Shafts astern.
25.0 kts
28.8 mph
Surface Speed
The bow-to-stern, port-to-starboard physical qualities of RoCN Ching Chiang (class).
201.4 ft
61.39 meters
O/A Length
31.1 ft
9.48 meters
9.5 ft
2.90 meters
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of RoCN Ching Chiang (class).
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.
Ships-in-Class (12)
Notable series variants as part of the RoCN Ching Chiang (class) family line as relating to the Ching Chiang-class group.
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)
Global operator(s) of the RoCN Ching Chiang (class). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national naval warfare listing.

Shipbuilder(s): CSBC Corporation - Taiwan
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