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Taiwan Navy establishes first minelaying fleet

Kaohsiung, January 14 (CNA) On Friday, the Taiwan Navy established the first two minelayer fleets, each consisting of one minelayer at Kaohsiung’s Zuoying Naval Base.

“These are the first minelaying fleets established by the Republic of China Navy,” President Tsai Ing-wen said at a ceremony commemorating the formation of the Navy’s first and second minelaying fleets under the 192nd Fleet. ..

“I’m very happy to be able to witness this important moment together,” she said.

Tsai said the newly established army is demonstrating Taiwan’s commitment to building a domestic defense industry and protecting the country.

The Navy will allocate NT $ 917.77 million (US $ 33.25 million) from 2017 to 2021 to strengthen the capabilities of Taiwan’s minelayers to counter the threat of enemies. I built a minelaying ship.

According to the contracted Taiwanese shipbuilding company Lung Teh Shipbuilding, each minelayer is 41 meters long and 8.8 meters wide, has a draft of 1.607 meters and drains 347 tons at full load.

The minelayer is equipped with a T-75 20mm cannon on the bow, a T-747.62mm machine gun on both sides and three minelayers. The four vessels are also equipped with an automated minelaying system developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science (NCSIST).

All four vessels capable of carrying different types of landmines were delivered by the end of 2021, but only two were in active service on Friday.

According to Tsai, Navy officers once used tank landing ships to lay mines in the sea, which were inefficient and potentially dangerous in rough seas.

The new minelayer, built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding and equipped with the NCSIST system, will allow the Navy to carry out its mission more efficiently and accurately, Tsai said.

The ROC Navy Fleet Command said the minelaying fleet was established as part of an effort to strengthen the Ministry of Defense’s asymmetric defense capabilities.

Command said the new force could work with its allies to jointly prevent and delay the landing of enemy troops on the island.

Sue Tsuyun, an analyst at the Government-funded Defense Security Institute, said land mines are “cheap and highly effective refusal weapons” that can hinder the advance of the enemy and change plans. Told to. root.

Sue also added that it could be combined with anti-ship missiles to enhance defense.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang, Matt Yu, Teng Pei-ju)

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https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202201140010 Taiwan Navy establishes first minelaying fleet

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