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Navy takes delivery of new home-grown supply vessel

Navy takes delivery of new home-grown supply vessel

Kaohsiung, Jan. 23 (CNA) The Navy formally took delivery Friday of a new locally designed supply vessel that it said will help enhance Taiwan's maritime combat capabilities. Defense Minister Yen Ming (??) co-hosted the delivery ceremony in a harbor in Kaohsiung, where the vessel was formally turned over to the Navy from local shipbuilder CSBC Corp. Called the Panshih (??), the new vessel will be used to transport fuel, ammunition and other supplies to support warships in wartime. In peacetime, it will be mainly used to carry supplies, conduct maritime rescue missions, and provide humanitarian assistance, the Navy said. Currently, the Navy only has one supply vessel in service, the Wuyi (??). Having received the Panshih, the Navy said it will now begin training personnel to familiarize them with the craft before formally putting the ship into service. Commissioned by the Navy, Kaohsiung-based CSBC began construction of the Panshih in 2011, and the vessel was christened in November 2013. It cost NT$4.09 billion (US$130 million) to build, according to the Navy. It was named after Panshih Mountain in Hualien County. The word "panshih" itself suggests a sturdy and unwavering foundation. The new vessel measures 196 meters in length and 25.2 meters in width, can take a crew of up to 165 people, and has a range of 8,000 nautical miles. It can reach a maximum speed of 22 knots and has a load displacement of about 20,000 tons and a light displacement of about 10,000 tons. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-29 00:42 GMT+08:00