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Ching Chiang-class Fast Attack Missile Craft

Taiwan's Kuang Hua III [Glorious China] naval modernization program included the acquisition of 12 Ching Chiang-class 580-ton guided missile patrol combatants [the number was evidently later reduced to 11, not 12]. As of mid-1999, five had been launched, but, because of failure by the lead unit to pass sea trials, none had been accepted into service, far behind program schedule. The fire control system (FCS) of the new missile patrol craft RCNS Dang Chiang repeatedly failed acceptance trials in 1999, resulting in Navy's refusal to accept the ship. Built under the Kuang Hua-3 program, Dang Chiang was the first of the Ching Chiang-class patrol craft, construction for which began in September 1997. The patrol ship Chuchiang, the 11th and the last of the Chinchiang-class vessels, was christened in early March 2000. The patrol craft RCNS Jin Chiang was launched on 13 May 1999, with delivery expected before the year's end.

Specifications

Builder
Propulsion diesel
Length 201 feet / 61.4 meters
Beam 32 feet / 9.5 meters
Draft 9.5 feet / 2.9 meters
Displacement 580 tons full load
Endurance
Speed 25 knots
Crew 50
Armament
  • 4 - Hsiung Feng I SSM
  • 1 - 40mm/70 AA gun
  • 1 - 20mm gun
  • 2 - depth charge racks
  • 2 - mine racks
  • Construction

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