Hey guys today I’ll be suggesting the Minjiang (PGM-107) a former Japanese No 4 class submarine chaser.
Minjiang or PGM-107 was the former Japanese No. 4 class submarine chaser No. 9 that was handed over to the Republic of China in October 1947 along with a No. 13 class sub-chaser, No.49. She was initially renamed as No. 31 and had all armaments removed before reception, however armaments were reinstalled sometime afterwards. Its unknown if they were American, Japanese or a combination of both (only sources I’ve seen mainly mentioned Japanese armaments). After reception there were attempts to hand her over to Jiaozhou customs to be used as a customs ship however they didn’t want her as she was in fairly poor condition. Subsequently in June 1948 she was handed over as a security ship in Shandong Province. Surprisingly in September 1948 the navy took her over and assigned her to the 1st gunboat fleet and renamed her No 12. In January 1950 she was renamed as “Haida” (SC-402) as per new regulations. Then in January 1951 she was renamed again as “Fuling” (PC-107) and finally in 1954, to keep in line with ROCN’s US PC boat naming, she was renamed “MinJiang”. As “Minjiang” she served with the 21st battle force of the patrol fleet and between 1954 to February 1955 as part of Dachen Special mission fleet. Even though her combat record is not as well known as her more famous sister “Yalong” (the No. 13 class sub-chaser) she still had a small impact during the her service with the ROCN. She apparently had captured a communist boat/ship near Kinmen in 1950 and had a few skirmishes against the PLAN while part of the 21st battle force of the Dachen special mission fleet. On March 16, 1955 she was finally decommissioned from service and scrapped.
Length (Overall): 56.2 m (184 ft 5 in)
Length (Waterline): 55.5 m (182 ft 1 in)
Beam: 5.6 m (18 ft 4 in)
Draught: 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in)
Displacement: 309 tons
Propulsion: 2 × Kampon Mk.22 Model 6 diesels, 2 shafts, 2,600 bhp
Speed: 20.0 knots ( 23 mph; 37 km/h)
2 x 40 mm cannon
3 x 25 mm guns
36 x depth charges
In game the Minjiang could be a good mid-low tier coastal ship for the Chinese naval tree. Her 40mm and 25mm cannons (assuming Japanese armament) would be able to do serious damage to enemy boats. She would also help flesh out the Chinese coastal tech tree either as either a premium, event, or tech tree vehicle.