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List of Republic of China Navy ships

The Republic of China Navy is the maritime branch of the Republic of China Armed Forces. The ROC Navy's primary mission is to defend ROC territories and the sea lanes that surround Taiwan against a blockade, attack, or possible invasion by the People's Liberation Army Navy of the People's Republic of China. Operations include maritime patrols in the Taiwan Strait and surrounding waters, as well as counter-strike and counter-invasion operations during wartime. The Republic of China Marine Corps functions as a branch of the Navy.

The ship prefix for ROCN combatants is ROCS (Republic of China Ship); an older usage is CNS (Chinese Navy Ship).

ROCN also avoids giving ships hull numbers that add up to or end at "4", as the Chinese pronunciation of the number 4 is close to the pronunciation of "death". This numbering scheme is more apparent on more newly acquired ships.

Note: The ROCN generally uses hull classification symbols similar to the U.S. system with some changes. The proper classification is provided when known.



Chi Yang-class frigates (Knox class)Edit

Decommissioned U.S. Navy FF's transferred to Taiwan and further upgraded.[2]

Cheng Kung-class frigate (Oliver Hazard Perry class)Edit

ROCS Cheng Kung and ROCS Chi Kuang

Built in Taiwan under license while the latest two ships were decommissioned by the U.S. Navy and transferred.[3][4]

ex-Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigatesEdit

USS Taylor (FFG-50), 2014

In June 2016, two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates of the US Navy, ex-USS Taylor (FFG-50) and ex-USS Gary (FFG-51), were handed over to the Government of Taiwan for the Republic of China Navy. The transfer cost was an estimated US$177 million. Following a reactivation period at Detyens Shipyard in Charleston SC, the ships sailed for Taiwan in March 2017 and arrived home in June 2017. The transfer of the ships includes the AN/SQR-19 Multi-Function Towed Array. Taiwan had previously been blocked from acquiring the AN/SQR-19, and the transfer of the system points to an anti-submarine focus in line with the Knox-class frigates they will likely replace.[5]

  • ROCS Ming-Chuan (PFG-1112)
  • ROCS Feng Jia (PFG-1115)

Kang Ding-class frigatesEdit

ROCS Kang Ding with S-70C helicopter

Modified La Fayette class; purchased from France in the early 1990s[6]

Patrol combatantsEdit

Tuo Chiang-class corvetteEdit

Up to 12 planned[7]

Ching Chiang-class (Jin-Jiang) patrol shipsEdit

Locally designed and built by CSBC Corporation, Taiwan in Kaohsiung.[8]

  • ROCS Ching Chiang (錦江艦) (PGG-603)
  • ROCS Dan Chiang (淡江艦) (PGG-605)
  • ROCS Sing Chiang (新江艦) (PGG-606)
  • ROCS Feng Chiang (鳳江艦) (PGG-607)
  • ROCS Tzeng Chiang (曾江艦) (PGG-608)
  • ROCS Kao Chiang (高江艦) (PGG-609)
  • ROCS Jin Chiang (金江艦) (PGG-610)
  • ROCS Hsiang Chiang (湘江艦) (PGG-611)
  • ROCS Tze Chiang (資江艦) (PGG-612)
  • ROCS Po Chiang (鄱江艦) (PGG-614)
  • ROCS Chang Chiang (昌江艦) (PGG-615)
  • ROCS Chu Chiang (珠江艦) (PGG-617)

Kung Hua VI (Kwang-Hwa)-class missile boatsEdit

Prototype and 30 built; Last batch delivered to ROCN on October, 2011[9]

  • FACG-60 (prototype)
  • FACG-61~66, 68~75, 77~84, 86~93

Mine warfareEdit

Amphibious warfareEdit

Hsu Hai (Xu Hai)-class dock landing ship (Anchorage class)[13]Edit

Chung He-class tank landing ships (Newport class)Edit


Support shipsEdit

ROCS Yuen Feng

Yuen Feng-class transportEdit

  • ROCS Yuen Feng (AP-524)

Wu Yi-class fast combat support shipEdit

Pan Shi-class fast combat support shipEdit

Kao Hsiang-class auxiliary general communications shipEdit

  • ROCS Kao Hsiang (AGC-1) (formerly ROCS Chung Hai (LST-219))[19]

Da-Quan-class survey shipEdit

Decommissioned shipsEdit

Long Chiang-class patrol boatsEdit

US designed; based on PSMM MK.5

Hai Ou-class missile boat (Dvora class)Edit

  • FABG-1~59 (no 4, 13, 22, 31, 40); all were decommissioned by 2013; two were gifted to Paraguay in 1994 and 4 were gifted to Gambia in 2009; replaced by Kung Hua VI project missile boats

PCL-class offshore patrol craftEdit

  • 9 locally designed and built. 143 tons fully load. All decommissioned in 2011.

Ex United States Navy shipsEdit

Cheng Kung-class frigate (Oliver Hazard Perry class)

Chi Yang-class frigate (Knox class)

Chao Yang-class destroyer (Gearing class) World War II era DDs later upgraded to DDGs in three batches, Wu Chin I, II and III. All ships in this class were retired by 2005. [1]

Wu Chin I Batch: (Retired in 1980s-1990s)

Wu Chin II Batch: (Retired in late 1990s)

Wu Chin III Batch: (Retired in 2003–2004)

Benson-class destroyers

Gleaves-class destroyers

Fletcher-class destroyer

Allen M. Sumner-class destroyers

Ashland-class dock landing ship

Casa Grande-class dock landing ships

Evarts-class destroyer escorts

Cannon-class destroyer escorts

Rudderow-class destroyer escorts

Yangtze Patrol gunboats

PCE-842 class patrol craft

  • ROCN Shan Hai PF-41 (ex-Yong Tai, ex USS PCE-867)
  • ROCN Wei Yuan PF-42 (ex-Yong Xing, ex USS PCE-869)

Admirable-class minesweepers

Crosley-class high speed transports

Charles Lawrence-class high speed transport

Auk-class minesweeper

PC-461-class submarine chaser

  • ROCN Qing Jiang PC-116 (ex USN PC-1168)
  • ROCN Xi Jiang PC-120 (ex USN PC-1149)
  • ROCN Bei Jiang PC-122 (ex USN Hanford PC-1142)
  • ROCN Wu Song (ex USN PC-490)
  • ROCN Dong Ping (ex USN PC-1088)
  • ROCN Song Ping (ex USN PC-1090)
  • ROCN Gan Tang (ex USN PC-1091)
  • ROCN Qian Tang (ex USN PC-1549)
  • ROCN Tuo Jiang PC-104 (ex USN PC-1247)
  • ROCN Pei Jiang PC-105 (ex USN PC-492)
  • ROCN Xiang Jiang PC-108 (ex USN PC-786)
  • ROCN Zi Jiang PC-109 (ex USN PC-1078)
  • ROCN Yuan Jiang PC-110 (ex USN PC-1182)
  • ROCN Li Jiang PC-111 (ex USN PC-1208)
  • ROCN Gong Jiang PC-113 (ex USN PC-1233)
  • ROCN Bo Jiang PC-114 (ex USN PC-1254)
  • ROCN Chang Jiang PC-115 (ex USN PC-1262)
  • ROCN Qing Jiang PC-116 (ex USN PC-1168)
  • ROCN Zhu Jiang PC-117 (ex USN PC-1567)
  • ROCN Zhang Jiang PC-118 (ex USN PC-1232)
  • ROCN Dong Jiang PC-119 (ex USS Placerville PC-1087)
  • ROCN Liu Jiang PC-123 (ex USS Escandido PC-1179)
  • ROCN Gan Jiang PC-124 (ex USS Vandalia PC-1175)
  • ROCN Tuo Jiang PC-125 (ex USS Milledgeville PC-1263)

PGM-9 class gunboat

  • ROCN Yin Jiang (ex Bao Ying) PC-101 (ex USN PGM-20)
  • ROCN Lin Jiang (ex Dong Ting) PC-102 (ex USN PGM-13)
  • ROCN Ou Jiang (ex Hong Ze) PC-103 (ex USN PGM-26)

Infantry landing craft

  • ROCN Lian Bi (ex USN LCI-516)
  • ROCN Lian Guang (ex USN LCI-517)
  • ROCN Lian Rong (ex USN LCI-632)
  • ROCN Lian Zhen (ex USN LCI-514)
  • ROCN Lian Zhu LCI-261 (ex USN LCI-233)
  • ROCN Lian Li LCI-262 (ex USN LCI-417)
  • ROCN Lian Shen LCI-263 (ex USN LCI-418)
  • ROCN Lian Hua LCI-264 (ex USN LCI-630)
  • ROCN Lian Zhen LCI-265 (ex USN LCI-631)
  • ROCN Lian Jie LCI-266 (ex USN LCI)
  • ROCN Lian Qiang LCI-266 (ex USN LCI-1017)
  • ROCN Lian Zhi LCI-271 (ex USN LSSL-81)
  • ROCN Lian Ren LCI-272 (ex USN LSSL-56)
  • ROCN Lian Yong LCI-273 (ex USN LSSL-95)

Medium Landing ships

  • ROCN Mei Shen (ex USN LSM-433)
  • ROCN Mei Zhen LSM-341 (ex USN LSM-155)
  • ROCN Mei Le LSM-342 (ex USN LSM-157)
  • ROCN Mei Yi LSM-343 (ex USN LSM-285)
  • ROCN Mei Peng LSM-344 (ex USN LSM-431)
  • ROCN Mei Heng LSM-345 (ex USN LSM-456)
  • ROCN Mei Hong LSM-346 (ex USN LSM-442)
  • ROCN Mei Song LSM-347 (ex USN LSM-457)
  • ROCN Mei He (ex Yong Ming) LSM-348 (ex USN LSM-13)
  • ROCN Mei Jian LSM-349 (ex USN LSM-76)
  • ROCN Mei Hua LSM-350 (ex USN LSM-456)
  • ROCN Mei Cheng LSM-351 (ex USN LSM-422)
  • ROCN Mei Gong LSM-352 (ex USN LSM-478)
  • ROCN Mei Ping LSM-353 (ex USN LSM-471)
  • ROCN Mei Wei LSM-354 (ex USN LSM-472)
  • ROCN Mei Han LSM-355 (ex USN LSM-474)
  • ROCN Mei Le (ex Mei Xin) LSM-356 (ex USN LSM-363)

Tank landing ships

Ex British Navy ShipsEdit

Arethusa-class light cruiser

Flower-class corvette

  • ROCN Fu Bo (ex RN K-79 Petunia)

Harbour Defence Motor Launches

  • ROCN Fang 1 (ex RN ML-1033)
  • ROCN Fang 2 (ex RN ML-1047)
  • ROCN Fang 3 (ex RN ML-1058)
  • ROCN Fang 4 (ex RN ML-1059)
  • ROCN Fang 5 (ex RN ML-1068)
  • ROCN Fang 6 (ex RN ML-1390)
  • ROCN Fang 7 (ex RN ML-1405)
  • ROCN Fang 8 (ex RN ML-1406)

Castle-class corvettes

  • ROCN Gao An (ex RN Pembroke Castle)
  • ROCN De An (ex RN Nunney Castle)

Ex Royal Italian Navy ShipsEdit

Azio-class minelayer

Ex Imperial Japanese Navy ShipsEdit

Akizuki-class destroyer

Atami-class gunboat

Etorofu-class escort ship

Fushimi-class gunboat

Hashidate-class gunboat

Hiburi-class escort ships

  • ROCN Hui An (ex IJN Shisaka)

Kagerō-class destroyers

Matsu-class destroyers

Mikura-class escort ship

  • ROCN Zheng An (Xue Feng, ex IJN Yashiro)

Minekaze-class destroyer

No.4-class submarine chaser

  • ROCN Min Jiang (Fu Ling) PC-107 (ex Hai Hong, SC-402, ex IJN # 9)

No.13-class submarine chaser

  • ROCN Qu Jiang (Yang Long) PC-106 (ex Hai Hong, SC-401, ex IJN # 49)

Seta-class gunboat

Sokuten-class minelayer (1938)

  • ROCN Yong Jing PF-75 (ex IJN Saishū)

Sokuten-class auxiliary minelayer (1913)

  • ROCN Jie 29 (ex IJN Kuroshima)

Type C escort ship

  • ROCN Rui An (Ying Kou, ex IJN # 67)
  • ROCN Huang An (ex IJN # 81)
  • ROCN Ji An (ex IJN # 85)
  • ROCN Chao An (ex IJN # 107)
  • ROCN Chang An (ex IJN # 205)
  • ROCN Jie 8 (ex IJN # 215)

Type D escort ship

  • ROCN Jie 6 (ex IJN # 14)
  • ROCN Cheng An PF-72 (ex IJN # 40)
  • ROCN Tai An PF-71 (ex IJN # 104)
  • ROCN Jie 12 (ex IJN # 118)
  • ROCN Tong An (ex IJN # 192)
  • ROCN Wei Hai (ex IJN # 194)
  • ROCN Jie 14 (ex IJN # 198)


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