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Republic of China Navy

Chao Yang-class [Gearing] Destroyer

By the early 1990s the ROC Navy had more than a dozen older, World War II-era Gearing-class destroyers and numerous smaller combatants and auxiliaries in its operational inventory. Seven of the Gearing-class ships were converted into area air defence ships under the Wu Chin III program, receiving 10 box-launched Standard SM-1 surface-to-air missles and associated fire control systems. The remainder of these ships, of limited combat effectiveness, have been de-comissioned.

Specifications

Builder
Propulsion steam turbines
Length 390 feet / 119 meters
Beam 41 feet / 12.5 meters
Draft 19 feet / 5.8 meters
Displacement 3,500 tons
Endurance
Speed 27 knots
Crew 275
Armament
  • 4 - Hsiung Feng II SSM
  • 10 - SM-1MR SAM
  • 1 - 8-cell ASROC
  • 1 - 76 mm gun
  • 2 - 40mm/70 AA
  • 1 - 20mm Phalanx CIWS
  • 2 - triple 12.75 inch torpedo tubes
  • Construction NOTE: Available open sources are in rather profound disagreement concerning the identity of the units of this class, and provide wildly variant correlations between number, name and former US Navy hull. The information provided here for the current Wu Chin III sub-class is probably reasonably accurate, but the information for the retired ships almost entirely speculative. While the total number of vessels is correct, and the ROC Navy names are for the most part generally correct, the ROC hull numbers and correlation with US Navy hulls is evidently defective, since there is considerable duplication between the relatively well attested Wu Chin III units and the units of the other sub-classes. No attempt is made here to resolve these discrepancies.
    
    Wu Chin I  [FRAM II]
    966	Dang Yang		Ex-DD 838		stricken
    907	Fu Yang		Ex-DD 764		stricken
    
    Wu Chin II [FRAM I]
    912	Chao Yang		Ex-DD 718		stricken
    928	Cheng Hua		Ex-DD 788		stricken
    915	Han Yang		Ex-DD 833		stricken 1999
    915	Kai Yang		Ex-DD 786		stricken 1999
    928	Lao Yang		Ex-DD 790		stricken
    
    Wu Chin III [FRAM I]
    928	Chen Yang		Ex-DD 821
    912	Chien Yang	Ex-DD 787
    921	Lioa Yang		Ex-DD 832
    929	Shao Yang		Ex-DD 788
    923	Shen Yang		Ex-DD 839
    925	Te Yang		Ex-DD 837
    927	Yun Yang		Ex-DD 718
    

    Sources and Methods



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