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Taiwan may send large Coast Guard ships to Taiping Island

Taiwan may send large Coast Guard ships to Taiping Island

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has not ruled out posting 3,000-ton patrol ships at Taiping Island, the largest of the Nansha (Spratly) Islands in the disputed South China Sea, after a pier is completed there in late 2015, CGA deputy chief Cheng Chang-hsiung said Wednesday.
When completed, the pier will be able to accommodate 3,000-ton vessels on its outer side and ships up to 1,000 tons on the inner side, Cheng told lawmakers during a legislative hearing. After tests are conducted to determine the pier's ability to resist large waves, the CGA may dispatch larger vessels including two recently built 3,000-tons patrol and rescue ships, the Yilan and the Kaohsiung, he said. The CGA has discussed with the Navy about posting Naval frigates there, though he said no decision has been made on the matter yet. Located about 1,600 km from the southern port city of Kaohsiung on Taiwan's main island, Taiping Island is the southernmost territory under the control of the Taiwanese government. It is currently manned by Taiwanese Coast Guard personnel. (By Tang Pei-chun and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2020-12-04 22:33 GMT+08:00