Taipei, April 22 (CNA) National shipbuilder CSBC Corp. delivered the second of four 4,000-ton patrol vessels ordered from the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) during a ceremony in Kaohsiung on Friday.
Named the “Hsinchu”, the ship will be sent to the CGA’s northern branch to protect the waters near its eponymous northern city.
The four 4,000-ton CGA-class frigates – the largest patrol vessels CSBC has ever built – have been commissioned by the government and are being built at a total cost of NT$11.74 billion (US$392 million). dollars), according to the CGA.
The first of the series, called the “Chiayi”, was delivered on April 29, 2021.
Designed based on the United States Coast Guard’s Heritage-class offshore patrol vessel, the vessels aim to enhance Taiwan’s ability to conduct maritime patrols, suppress illicit activities on the high seas, and conduct search and rescue missions. safety.
Similar to the “Chiayi”, the “Hsinchu” is equipped with three water cannons with a range of 120 meters, has a range of 10,000 nautical miles and can travel at a maximum speed of 24 knots.
It also has a helipad and a hangar that can accommodate a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.
With integrated hospital-level medical centers equipped with operating theaters, isolation wards, negative pressure areas and X-ray facilities, all frigates in the fleet can serve as medical support vessels for humanitarian missions in time. of peace and in time of war.
The CSBC said in a statement that the vessel bears the word “Taiwan” to distinguish it from Chinese ships and show the world Taiwan’s resolve to protect its territorial waters.