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Training underway on Navy's new stealth missile corvette

Training underway on Navy's new stealth missile corvette

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Navy's first locally designed stealth missile corvette, described by Defense Minister Yen Ming as "the fastest, most powerful in Asia," got in some training as it was sailed to the Navy's largest port in southern Taiwan over the weekend. The 502-ton corvette reached the Zuoying military harbor in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's largest naval port, on Dec. 28, after sailing out a day earlier from the naval port in Suao in northeastern Taiwan, the Navy said Wednesday. "This was part of the combat and personnel training of the new corvette," the Navy told CNA, without elaborating further on the training process. Photos of the corvette entering the Zuoying port were posted on the Ministry of National Defense spokesman's Facebook page earlier Wednesday. The vessel, named the Tuo Jiang (Tuo River), was officially delivered to the Navy by Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. at a ceremony held at a commercial harbor in Suao on Dec. 23. During the ceremony, Yen said the Tuo Jiang was able to exceed an original goal of a maximum speed of 38 knots during recent sea trials, describing it as "the fastest, most powerful in Asia." According to its original design, the corvette has a maximum speed of 38 knots, but it reached 44 knots during recent sea trials, the Navy said. The new ship, which cost about NT$2.1 billion (US$66.39 million) and is expected to be put into service in March 2015, was purchased as part of the Navy's efforts to modernize its fleet. The twin-hull Hsun-hai class corvette will be equipped with several weapons, including the locally developed Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles, a 76 mm gun and Mark 46 torpedoes, the Navy said. Commissioned by the Navy, Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. began construction of the Tuo Jiang in late 2012, and it was christened in March this year. It has a range of 2,000 nautical miles, is 60.4 meters long and 14 meters wide, and can carry a crew of up to 41. The Navy plans to commission between eight and 12 of the corvette models if it can obtain the funding. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-06-20 09:24 GMT+08:00