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ROCS Cheng Ho (FFG-1103)

Career (Republic of China)
Name: ROCS Cheng Ho (FFG-1103)
Ordered: 8 May 1989
Builder: China Shipbuilding Corp.,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC
Laid down: 29 October 1991
Launched: 15 October 1992
Commissioned: 28 March 1994
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Template:Sclass/core
Displacement: 4,103 tons full
Length: 453 ft (138 m)
Beam: 46.95 ft (14.31 m)
Propulsion: General Electric LM2500-30 gas turbines, 40,000 shp total
Speed: 29 knots
Complement: 18 officers
180 enlisted
19 flight crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-49 air search radar
SPS-55 surface search radar
CAS, STIR gun fire control radar
SQS-56 sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32(V)5
(AN/SLQ-32(V)2 + SIDEKICK)
Armament: 40 × SM-1MR at Mk 13 Missile Launcher
4 × Hsiung Feng II and 4 HF-3 supersonic AShM
1 × OTO Melara 76 mm naval gun
2 × Bofors 40mm/L70mm guns
1 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
2 × triple Mark 32 ASW torpedo tubes with Mark 46 anti-submarine torpedoes
Aircraft carried: Sikorsky S-70C-1/2

ROCS Cheng Ho is the second of eight Taiwanese-built Cheng Kung-class frigates of the Republic of China Navy, based on the Oliver Hazard Perry class. Laid down on 21 December 1991 and launched on 15 October 1992, Cheng Ho (鄭和) was commissioned in service on 28 March 1994. All of these Taiwanese FFG's have the length of the later Oliver Hazard Perry FFG's, but have a different weapon and electronics fit.

Namesake

Cheng Ho is named after Cheng Ho (鄭和) (1371 - 1433), who was a mariner and explorer in the Ming Dynasty that led several expeditions in early 15th century visiting places on the coasts of Indian Ocean and reached as far west as the African coast.


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