On Wednesday, Taiwan began building the second Tuo Chiang-class corvette in Yilan County, northeast of the Chinese island, inform local media.
The construction of the ship is carried out in collaboration with the Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co., the Chung-Shan National Institute of Science and Technology and the Navy.
The Commander of the Navy, Admiral Liu Chih-pin, aforementioned by the CNA agency, stated that Taiwan plans to have 6 Tuo Chiang class vessels by the end of 2023.
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The Tuo Chiangen class ships can travel at a maximum speed of 40 knots and have a displacement of 685 tons. They are equipped with Sea Sword II air defense missiles, Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles, as well as a 76mm cannon, the Phalanx proximity weapon system and a T-74 machine gun.
In mid-September, Taiwan introduced another corvette of the same class, dubbed ‘Ta Jiang’.
Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen attended the ship’s handover ceremony, which took place at the Suao shipyards in the north of the island, where she highlighted Taiwan’s ability to build advanced warships. “In less than a year, the Navy not only received the Ta Jiang, but also completed several tests in preparing the ship for combat,” the president said.