- Taiwan has confirmed an order for a 153 m amphibious assault vessel with a local shipbuilder
- The vessel will also improve the service’s humanitarian assistance and garrison replenishment capabilities
The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence (MND) has placed an order for one landing platform dock (LPD) vessel to fulfil the Republic of China Navy’s (RoCN’s) amphibious assault requirements.
The contract was awarded to local shipbuilder CSBC Corporation in April 2018, a representative from the RoCN told Jane’s at the Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence exhibition on 27 September.
The vessel is the first in a planned class of four ships. It will have an overall length of 153 m, an overall beam of 23 m, and a hull draught of 6 m. It can attain a maximum speed of 21.5 kt and a range of 12,500 n miles at the economical cruising speed of 13 kt.
“In terms of design, we have taken references from the San Antonio class,” said the representative, pointing to the vessel’s superstructure. “We will evaluate the performance of the first ship after it is commissioned and use this experience to decide on changes for the next three ships.”
The LPD will be armed with a 76 mm naval gun in the primary position, and a close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret and 12.7 mm machine gun positions in the forward section.
Besides amphibious assaults, the vessel will also be configured for peacetime missions such as disaster relief operations, he said.
“It will also be used to provide supplies to our soldiers on Taiwan’s offshore islands, such as Taiping Dao,” the representative added, in reference to the South China Sea island also claimed as part of its territory by China, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
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