March 14, 2014

Taiwan’s first Hsun Hai-class corvette (# 618 ) dubbed ‘ the aircraft carrier killer’ delivered to Taiwan Navy

The aircraft carrier would offcourse be – Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning

Taiwan’s first stealthy missile corvette was christened today 14-03-2014, a development that is expected to give the country’s navy a capability to counter larger enemy warships.The 500-ton Tuo River is the first of possibly 12 ships to be built locally under the Hsun Hai (Swift Sea) class program.

The Lung Teh Shipbuilding Company has delivered the corvette in early 2014, in spite of earlier doubts if it had the capability to do so. Further Navy tests will confirm.

The twin-hull corvette , 60.4 meters in length and 14 meters wide, has a maximum speed of 38 knots (70 kilometers per hour) and a range of 2,000 nautical miles. Its speed and low radar signature allows the corvette to get close to enemy targets..

Its armaments include Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles and a crew of 41.

The christening ceremony was held indoors in Suao, Yilan County and the ship will undergo final tests and reviews before it is officially launched. It is expected to be deployed in the first half of 2015.

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