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Navy set to commission two more locally made vessels in late March

Navy set to commission two more locally made vessels in late March

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) The Navy is set to commission its first locally designed stealth missile corvette and a new home-manufactured supply vessel into service in late March, a Navy source said Monday. "We plan to hold the ceremony March 31," the source told CNA. The purchase of the two vessels is part of the Navy's efforts to modernize its fleet. The ceremony is set to take place at the Navy's Zuoying base in Kaohsiung, the country's largest naval base, during which the corvette, the Tuo Jiang (??) and the supply vessel, the Pan Shi (??), will be formally put into service. Training on the 502-ton Tuo Jiang began after the corvette was officially delivered to the Navy by local shipbuilder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. at a ceremony held Dec. 23 at a commercial harbor in Suao, eastern Taiwan. The twin-hulled Hsun-hai class corvette is 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. The ship cost about NT$2.1 billion (US$66.39 million). It has a range of 2,000 nautical miles, is 60.4 meters long and 14 meters wide, and carries a crew of up to 41. One month after the delivery of the Tuo Jiang, the Navy received the Pan Shi from local shipbuilder CSBC Corp. at a ceremony in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan. Training on the second supply vessel in the Navy's fleet is underway. The vessel will help extend the Navy's maritime combat capabilities through its support of Taiwanese warships, as well as Taiwan's ability to provide international humanitarian assistance, the Navy said. The Pan Shi 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. There is a small hospital aboard the Pan Shi that includes an operating theater, a dental surgery, three regular wards and an isolation ward. It cost NT$4.09 billion (US$130 million) to build, according to the Navy. 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 : 2021-09-23 20:29 GMT+08:00