Taiwan to start building first indigenous submarine before end of November

by Gabriel Dominguez & Matteo Scarano

The Republic of China Navy (RoCN) has announced that construction work on Taiwan’s first locally designed and developed diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) will begin before the end of November.

The RoCN said in a 2 November statement that the island’s new submarine-building facility, located in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, will become operational this month, with local naval shipbuilder CSBC Corporation expected to hold a ceremony to mark the beginning of production of the first of eight planned submarines.

According to Taiwanese media, the first boat is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2024, with sea trials and commissioning scheduled for 2025. The boats will be built under the Indigenous Defence Submarine Programme, also known as the Hai Ch’ang programme.

A model of Taiwan’s first locally designed SSK being displayed in May 2019 in a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the island’s first submarine-building facility. (RoCN)

A model of Taiwan’s first locally designed SSK being displayed in May 2019 in a ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of the island’s first submarine-building facility. (RoCN)

CSBC Corporation (formerly the China Shipbuilding Corporation) is Taiwan’s largest shipbuilder and is partly owned by the state. It had broken ground on the new facility in May 2019 in a ceremony presided over by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who was quoted at the time as saying that the facility had become necessary because international submarine manufacturers “no longer dared sell” Taiwan submarines because of pressure from China, which regards Taiwan as a break-away province.

As Janes reported, the corporation – and its development partner, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) – were awarded a contract in 2017 to design and construct the submarines. The project is supported by a submarine development centre that CSBC inaugurated in 2016.

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