Taiwan deploys more battleships to counter aircraft carriers

The Taiwan Defense Force employs the Thap Giang frigate, known as the “carrier killer”, to increase its defense capacity at sea.

The commissioning ceremony of the Thap Giang double-hulled multi-role frigate and a high-speed minesweeper was held by the Taiwan Maritime Self-Defense Force on September 9 at the shipyard in To Ao town, northeast of the island. Island. The two ships were built as part of Taiwan’s self-defense and weapons development program.

Leader Tsai Ing-wen said that the staff of the Thap Giang frigate and the high-speed minesweeper are solid evidence that Taiwan is capable of building advanced warships.

Tsai said with improved stealth, stability and more advanced air defense capabilities, the Thap Giang frigate helps increase the defense capacity of Taiwan’s maritime self-defense forces.

“Taiwan’s maritime defense has received and completed many tests related to the combat readiness of the Thap Giang frigate in less than a year. That is a record worth promoting,” said Ms. Tsai. know.

The Thap Giang frigate during the commissioning ceremony at the shipyard in To Ao town, Taiwan island on September 9.  Photo: CNA.

The Thap Giang frigate during the commissioning ceremony at the shipyard in To Ao town, Taiwan island on September 9. Photo: CNA.

The small corvette Thap Giang belongs to the Da Giang class, launched in December 2020, with a displacement of 700 tons, a maximum speed of 83 km/h and a range of more than 3,300 km.

Thap Giang is an upgraded variant of the Da Giang prototype, which plays an important role in the asymmetric warfare strategy of Taiwan’s defense forces. This class is equipped with anti-ship missiles Hung Phong II and Hung Phong III, capable of destroying aircraft carriers. The battleship also has Hai Kiem II air defense missiles, 76 mm naval cannons and Phalanx close-in defense system.

Da Giang-class battleships use stealth technology to avoid detection by the enemy. They can operate in shallow or coastal waters where larger ships such as destroyers or frigates are difficult to operate. Taiwan Maritime Self-Defense Force ordered to build 5 more Da Giang-class battleships with a delivery deadline in 2023.

A high-speed minesweeper during a commissioning ceremony at a shipyard in To Ao town, Taiwan island on September 9.  Photo: CNA.

A high-speed minesweeper during a commissioning ceremony at a shipyard in To Ao town, Taiwan island on September 9. Photo: CNA.

Taiwan Maritime Self-Defense Force proposes a budget of $1.5 billion for fiscal year 2022 to improve defense capabilities, including a program to upgrade six Khanh Dinh-class frigates.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense has also submitted a budget request for other weapons including the High Mobility Rocket System (HIMARS) and the M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer to the island’s legislature.

China has always considered Taiwan as a province awaiting reunification and declared its readiness to use force if necessary. The Chinese military recently held many drills with advanced equipment around Taiwan, and sent many military aircraft close to the island.

Nguyen Tien (Follow SCMP)

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