Taiwanese warships carry out missile firings

Kuang Hua class firing Hsiung Feng II missiles
Kuang Hua class firing Hsiung Feng II missiles

Taiwan’s Republic of China Navy (ROCN) recently released images of exercises which it held in the Taiwan Straits, apparently in response to the exercise conducted by China’s PLA Navy in the straits in late July.

Leading participants in the ROCN exercise were two of the service’s smaller missile-armed warships, namely the 171-tonne Kuang Hua-class fast attack craft, and the 500-tonne Ching Chiang patrol ships. Both these classes of warship were built by CSBC in Taiwan.

Ching Chiang-class firing Hsiung Feng III missiles

The Kuang Huas fired Hsiung Feng II anti-shipping cruise missiles, while the Ching Chiangs fired the ultra-high performance Hsiung Feng III.

Also active in the exercise were the ROCN’s two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. These two 1980s-vintage, 4,200-tonne warships, Ming Chuan (ex-Taylor) and Feng Jia (ex-Gary) were retired from US service in 2015, and were refitted in the USA prior to transfer to Taiwan in 2018. The ships, which like the Kuang Huas are based in the Penghu (Pescadores) Islands), strategically located in the Taiwan Strait, have primarily an anti-submarine role. They fired ASROC anti-submarine missiles during the exercise.