Taiwan acquires 2nd Tuo Chiang-class catamaran missile corvette

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The Republic of China Navy (ROCN), commonly regarded as the Taiwanese Navy, has acquired its second Tuo Chiang-class missile corvette in a formal ceremony.

The ROCN received the corvette Ta Chiang (619) during ceremonies held on July 27, 2021 at Lung Teh Shipbuilding’s facility in Suao, Yilan County, with Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng presiding.

The new destroyer is an enhanced version of the Tuo Chiang-class, with better stability and stealth capabilities than the original design. The first ship, the ROCS Tuo Chiang, was delivered to the ROCN in 2014.

It officially launched on December 15, 2020, and is expected to be fully operational with the ROCN by August 2021.

By 2023, the Taiwanese government aims to build five more Tuo Chiang-class missile corvettes, sometimes known as “aircraft carrier killers.”

The new corvettes, which are part of the Hsun Hai Program, are also meant to serve as a high-end, asymmetric platform for defending against amphibious assault ships and other larger capital ships.

The Hsiung Feng II subsonic and Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missiles, Sky Sword II air defense missiles, a 76mm cannon, a Phalanx CIWS, and two quadruple torpedo tubes are all aboard the Tuo Chiang-class corvettes.

It has a wave-piercing catamaran hull and waterjet propulsion, as well as a low radar cross section design.

It is 60.4 meters in length, with a displacement of 685 tons, a top speed of 30 knots, and a range of 1,800 nautical miles.

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