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Not to be confused with People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the naval forces of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
Republic of China Navy
Zhōnghuá Mínguó Hǎijūn
Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Flag of the Republic of China Navy
Active 1924-present
Country  Taiwan
Type Navy
Size 38,000 personnel
114 ships including:
4 Destroyers
26 Frigates
8 Minesweepers
2 Dock Landing Ships
9 Tank Landing Ships
4 Submarines
Part of Republic of China Armed Forces
Colors white ‹See Tfm›    
Website navy.mnd.gov.tw (English)
Commander-in-chief ROCN Admiral's Flag.svg Admiral Lee Hsi-ming (李喜明)[1]
Deputy Commander-in-chief ROCN Vice Admiral's Flag.svg Vice Admiral Huang Shu-kuang (黃曙光)
Deputy Commander-in-chief ROCN Vice Admiral's Flag.svg Vice Admiral
Seal Seal of ROC Navy.svg
Naval ensign Flag of the Republic of China.svg
Naval jack Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg

The Republic of China Navy (ROCN; Chinese: 中華民國海軍; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Mínguó Hǎijūn) 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 forces 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).


Republic of China Navy Command Headquarters (中華民國國防部海軍司令部)[edit]

Navy CHQs is subordinate to the General Staff, the Minister of Defense, and the ROC President.
  • Internal units: Personnel, Combat Readiness & Training, Logistics, Planning, Combat Systems, General Affairs, Comptroller, Inspector General, Political Warfare.
  • Naval Fleets Command (艦隊指揮部)
1st Hai Chiao Guided Missile Boat/Craft Squadron of 10 Kuang Hua VI class missile boat at Suao naval base
2nd Hai Chiao Guided Missile Boat/Craft Squadron of 10 Kuang Hua VI class missile boat
3rd Hai Chiao Guided Missile Boat/Craft Squadron of 10 Hai Ou class missile boat (Dvora class)
4th Hai Chiao Guided Missile Boat/Craft Squadron of 10 Hai Ou class missile boat (Dvora class)
5th Hai Chiao Guided Missile Boat/Craft Squadron of 11 Kuang Hua VI class missile boat[2][3]
  • Hai Feng Shore Based Anti-ship Missile Group (海鋒大隊), operates 6 batteries of fixed/mobile HF-2 anti-ship missiles.
  • 7th Hai Feng Shore Based Anti-ship Missile Squadron (海鋒大隊第七中隊), Haulien, Eastern Taiwan.[4][5][6]
  • Naval Aviation, at Pingtung, will receive 12 P-3C 2013/2014.
  • 1st ASW Aviation Group
  • 133rd Squadron: S-2T, at Pingtung.
  • 134th Squadron: S-2T, at Pingtung.
  • 2nd ASW Aviation Group
  • 701st Helicopter Squadron (Light), S-70C(M)-1, at Hualien.
  • 702nd Helicopter Squadron (Light), S-70C(M)-2, at Tsoying.
  • 501st Helicopter Squadron (Light), 500MD ASW, at Tsoying.
  • Maintenance Group
  • 1st Maintenance Squadron (Pingtung)
  • 2nd Maintenance Squadron (Tsoying)
  • 3rd Maintenance Squadron (Hualien)
  • Marine Corps Command (陸戰隊指揮部)
  • Education, Training and Doctrine Command (教育訓練暨準則發展司令部)
  • Logistics Command (後勤司令部)
  • Naval Academy, Hydrographic & Oceanographic Bureau, Shipbuilding Development Center, Communication Systems, General Service.



Republic of China Navy
Naval Jack of the Republic of China.svg
Ministry of Defense
Republic of China Marine Corps
Rank insignia
History and Traditions
Naval history of China
Orders, Decorations and Medals
List of orders, decorations and medals
Order of Blue Sky and White Sun


See also Naval history of China.

ROCN delegation in Washington D.C., 1930.

The precursor to the modern ROC Navy was established as the Ministry of the Navy in the Provisional Government of the Republic of China in 1911 following the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. During the period of warlordism that scarred China in the 1920s and 1930s the ROCN remained loyal to the Kuomintang government of Sun Yat-sen instead of the warlord government in Beijing. During that time and throughout World War II, the ROCN concentrated mainly on riverine warfare as the poorly equipped ROCN was not a match to Imperial Japanese Navy over ocean or coast.[10]

Following World War II, a number of Japanese destroyers and scrapped U.S. ships were transferred to the ROC Navy. During the Chinese Civil War, the ROCN was involved in the protection of supply convoys and the withdrawal of the ROC Government and over 1 million refugees to Taiwan in 1949. The subsequent reorganization and reestablishment of the Navy after evacuation to Taiwan is referenced in the lyrics of the post 1949 ROC Navy Song "The New Navy" (新海軍).


Following the relocation of the ROC government to Taiwan, the ROCN was involved in a number of commando attack escorts, evacuation and transport of more displaced soldiers and later to provide patrols and resupply operations to Kinmen and Matsu in the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea offshore islands.

Since the 1990s the Navy has grown in importance as the emphasis of the ROC's military doctrine moves towards countering a possible PRC blockade, as well as offshore engagement. The ROCN has been working hard to expand its capability in electronic and anti-submarine warfare, as well as the replacement of its current antiquated fleet.[8] However local shipbuilder CSBC still lacks the technology to build modern submarines.[11]


ROC Navy Kang Ding-class (Lafayette-class) frigate with S-70C helicopter

Traditionally, most ROCN equipment is purchased from the United States, though several ships have been built domestically under licence or through domestic development. The ROCN has also purchased Lafayette class frigates from France and Zwaardvis class submarines from the Netherlands as well as four U.S. Kidd class (renamed Keelung) destroyers originally intended for Iran.

Despite the ROCN refurbishing and extending the service life of its vessels and equipment, it has suffered from procurement difficulties due to pressures exerted by the PRC. It has only two useful submarines. The U.S. has approved sales of eight new diesel powered submarines but lacks the manufacturing capability to make the engines; at the same time, threats from the PRC prevent the necessary technology transfer from other countries. Furthermore, the Legislative Yuan did not approve the budget and thereby slowed the opportunity to procure the badly needed underwater defense capability.

In 2003 the US Government suggested buying four Nazario Sauro-class refurbished submarines from Italy, that reportedly agreed to sell them plus an additional four other submarines, following their decommissioning by the Italian Navy. However, Taipei rejected the offer, saying it wanted new submarines

On September 12, 2007, an arms notification was sent to the U.S. Congress concerning an order for 12 P-3C Orion patrol aircraft and 3 "spare aircraft", along with an order for 144 SM-2 Block IIIA surface-to-air missiles.[12] A contract was awarded to Lockheed Martin to refurbish the 12 P-3C Orion aircraft for the ROC on March 13, 2009, with deliveries to start in 2012.[13]

On August 26, 2008, an arms notification was sent to Congress for an order for 60 air-launched Harpoon Block II missiles for the 12 P-3C.[14]

On October 3, 2008, an arms notification was sent to Congress for an order for 32 submarine-launched Harpoon Block II missiles.[15][16] At least a portion of these missiles will be installed on the navy's Hai-Lung class submarines.

On January 29, 2010, the U.S. government announced 5 notifications to the U.S. Congress for arms sales to the ROC. In the contracts total 6.392 Billion USD, ROC Navy will get 2 Osprey class mine hunters for 105 million USD, 25 Link 16 terminals on ships for 340 millions, 10 ship- and 2 air-launched Harpoon L/II for 37 million USD.[17][18]

The ROC Navy already has 95 older Harpoon missiles in its inventory for the 8 Knox frigates, 22 newer RGM-84L for the 4 Kidd DDGs, 32 sub-launched Harpoon II on order for the 2 Zwaardvis/Hai Lung submarines, and with 60 air-launched Harpoon Block II anti-ship missile on order for the 12 P-3C, plus the newly announced 10 ship-launched and 2 air-launched Harpoon II/L sales.[19]

On August 31, 2010, it was announced for next year's defense budget, ROCN plans to lease 1 or 2 more Newport LSTs from US, but the 900 ton stealth corvette plan has been put on hold, due to lack of budget.[20]

On September 29, 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution, authorizing U.S. Government for sales of 1 more Osprey class mine hunter to the ROC.[21]

Other ongoing local upgrade programs include locally designed and built Ching Chiang class of 12 patrol ships that were designed back in the 1990s to carry 4 HF-1 anti-ship missiles on board but only the lead ship of the class had them. Since 2006, 7 ships of this class were upgraded to carry 4 HF-2/3 with W-160 fire control radar from Wu Chin III program (as well as Honeywell H-930 MCS CDS stripped from 7 retired Yang class Wu Chin 3 AAW DDGs). In 2010 more ships of this class were undergoing this same upgrade program but using CSIST produced fire control radars instead. Currently 4 different variants exist within this class, the original Ching Chiang patrol ship with 4 HF-1 (1 existing in this configuration), remaining of unknown number (originally the rest of the 11 patrol ships in this class) that were built without any sort of anti-ship missiles on board, at most 7 upgraded with Wu Chin III program's radars and 2x2 subsonic HF-2 anti-ship missiles, and 2+ is spotted with 2x2 HF-3 supersonic anti-ship missiles with new unknown CSIST search and fire control radar.

On December 29, 2010, 2 LST (中肇、中治戰車登陸艦) and 4 remaining of Adjutant class coastal mine hunters were retired.[22]

On October 31, 2011, all 8 PCL in 124th Fleet, retired.[23]

On December 28, 2011, the 2 Lung Jiang (PSMM Mk5) Missile Guided Patrol boats (PGG 601 and 602) in the 131st Fleet retired from ROC Navy service, after entering service in 1978 and 1981.[24]

It has been reported that in November 2014 Taiwan will announce a 20-year modernisation plan to replace the entire fleet. The plan is for four destroyers of 10,000 tons, 10-15 catamaran frigates of 3,000 tons, new amphibious ships and 4-8 submarines of 1,200-3,000 tons. The submarines may be built with a foreign partner but the surface ships would all be domestic designs.[25]

On April 15, 2014 Defence Minister Yen Ming announced that the United States will help Taiwan to build its own diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs). Taiwan is looking to build eight submarines indigenously whilst also actively seeking for the U.S. and other countries to still sell it diesel-electric submarines. The submarines would greatly improve the Navy's defensive capabilities.[26]



Class Builder/Origin Type In service Notes
Chien Lung/Hai Lung-class sub (Zwaardvis-class sub) Rotterdam Drydock Company
Diesel-Electric Submarine 2 Entered service 1987-1988
Hai Shih-class sub (Tench-class sub) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
 United States
Diesel-Electric Submarine 2 WW2 submarines delivered 1973 and retired

Destroyers and Frigates[edit]

Type Class Number Builder/Origin Notes
Destroyer Kee Lung Class 4 Ingalls Shipbuilding
 United States
ex-Kidd class c. 1980s and commissioned by ROCN 2005-2006
Frigate Cheng Kung Class 8 CSBC Corporation
long hull Oliver Hazard Perry Class design and entered commissioned from 1993 onwards
Frigate Chi Yang class frigate 6 Lockheed/Avondale
 United States
ex-Knox class built 1971-1974 and transferred after to ROCN early 1990s. All have been retired by early 2015.
Frigate Kang Ding Class 6 DCNS
La Fayette class variant ordered in 1980s
Frigate Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate 4 (to be ordered, pending US Congress release) Bath Iron Works/Todd Pacific Shipyards
 United States
4 ex-US Navy Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates to be ordered, pending US Congress release.[27][28]
ROCN Cheng Kung-class frigate

Fast Attack Missile Craft and Patrol Ship[edit]

Class Number Builder Origin Notes
Ching Chiang class patrol ship 11 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan Ordered based on Kuang Hua III (Glorious China) naval modernization program with deliveries from 1999 to 2000
Kuang Hua VI class missile boat 31 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan Delivery began 2003
Tuo Chiang class corvette 12 Lung Teh Shipbuilding Company  Taiwan On order with first pilot ship christened on March 14, 2014. It will carry up to eight Hsiung Feng III as well as eight Hsiung Feng IIs[29]


Class Number Builder Origin
Yung Yang class minesweeper (Aggressive class) 4 J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp.  United States
Yung Feng class coastal minehunter (MMW50 class) 4 (Ordered under guise as civilian oil drilling support ships) Abeking & Rasmussen  Germany
Yung Ching class minehunter (Osprey class) 2, ex-USN USS Oriole and USS Falcon Intermarine USA  United States


Class Number Builder Origin
Hsuhai class dock landing ship (ex-USS Pensacola LSD-38) 1 General Dynamics-Quincy  United States
Chung Cheng class dock landing ship (ex-USS Comstock LSD-19) 1 Newport News Shipbuilding  United States
Chung Ho class tank landing ship (Newport class) 2 Philadelphia Naval Shipyard  United States
Chung Hai class (LST-1) 7 Newport News Shipbuilding  United States
Mei Chin class (LSM-1) 4 Charleston Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company  United States


Class Number Builder Origin
ROCS ''Wu Yi'' Fast Combat Support Ship (AOE-530) 1 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan
ROCS ''Pan Shi'' Fast Combat Support Ship (AOE-532) 1 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan
Ta De class (ARS-556) salvage tug (ex-USS Recovery ARS-43) 1 Basalt Rock Inc.  United States
Tai Hu class (ARS-552) salvage tug (ex-USS Grapple ARS-7) 1 Basalt Rock Inc.  United States
Ta Tung class (ATF-548) fleet tug (ex-USS Chickasaw AT-83) 1 Charleston Shipbuilding and Drydock Company  United States
Ta Kuan oceanographic research ship 1 Fincantieri, Muggiano, La Spezia, Italy  Italy
Chung Bai-class coastal logistics tankers (ex-USS Pecatonica AOG-57) 2 Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp.  United States
Wu Kang class coastal transports 2 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan
Wan An coastal transport 1 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan
Tai Wu coastal transport 1 CSBC Corporation  Taiwan


Aircraft Origin Type In service[30] Notes
Lockheed P-3C Orion  United States ASW Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) 8[31] 12 Ordered, plus 3 spare airframes, first in service in Nov 2013, 3 more in Dec 2013, 8 by 2015[32]
Grumman S-2T Turbo Tracker  United States ASW Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) 26, half operational Originally 32 were upgraded to T version, but only 27 were converted
Sikorsky S-70C(M)-1/2 Thunderhawk (SH-60 Seahawk)  United States SAR ASW Naval utility helicopter 19 Out of 10+11 ordered
Hughes 500MD/ASW Defender  United States ASW Naval utility helicopter 9 Out of original 13 ordered


Zuoying Naval Base
Keelung Naval Base

All remaining bases are small naval stations supporting PCL class small patrol boats and Fast Attack Boat:

See also[edit]

References & notes[edit]

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  3. ^ "First KH-6 squadron entered service". pchome.com.tw. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  4. ^ "Red Roof Tiles and White Walls, Hidden Missile Base Next To Hotel.". United Daily News. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  5. ^ "Navy opens missile base in eastern Taiwan to media". The China Post. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  6. ^ "ROC Navy opens missile base in eastern Taiwan to media". China Defense Blog. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Navy - Overview". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 2006-03-08. 
  8. ^ a b "2004 National Defense Report" (PDF). ROC Ministry of National Defense. 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 11, 2006. Retrieved 2006-03-05. 
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  10. ^ "歷史傳承 (History)". ROC Navy. Retrieved 2006-03-08. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Navy questions CSBC's capability to build submarines" ROC Central News Agency. March 14, 2012.
  12. ^ "Pentagon could make 2.2 billion dollar arms sales to Taiwan". Yahoo! news. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2007-09-13. [dead link]
  13. ^ "U.S. in deal to refurbish aircraft for Taiwan". Washington Post. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2007-09-13. [dead link]
  14. ^ Jennings, Ralph (2008-08-27). "U.S. to sell anti-ship missiles to Taiwan". Reuters. 
  15. ^ The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/03/AR2008100303240.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  16. ^ http://asia.news.yahoo.com/081003/afp/081003211458asiapacificnews.html
  17. ^ "USDA New Release" (PDF). dsca.mil. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  18. ^ "USDA New Release" (PDF). dsca.mil. 2010-01-29. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  19. ^ "armstrade.sipri.org". armstrade.sipri.org. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  20. ^ "Next Year Defense Budget Believed To Be Lowest In 5 Years". United Daily newspaper. 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  21. ^ "US Congress approved sales of mine hunter to Taiwan". United Daily News. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  22. ^ "6 Navy ships retired.". Youth Daily News. 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  23. ^ "All 8 Navy PCL Retired Into History.". Military News Agency. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  24. ^ "2 Lung Jiang Missile Guided Patrol Boats Retired". United Daily News. 2011-12-28. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  25. ^ Minnick, Wendell (20 September 2014). "Taiwan Previews Major Naval Acquisition Plan". Defense News. 
  26. ^ "US to Help Taiwan Build Attack Submarines.". The Diplomat. 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  27. ^ http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/taiwan/2012/taiwan-121105-cna02.htm
  28. ^ http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/taiwans-unstalled-force-modernization-04250/
  29. ^ http://www.janes.com/article/35351/taiwan-launches-first-carrier-killer-stealth-missile-corvette
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  31. ^ http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201504200010.aspx
  32. ^ http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131031/DEFREG03/310310013/Taiwan-Displays-1st-Long-Range-Sub-Hunting-Aircraft

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