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ROC Navy christens its first Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River"
 
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday, The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday. The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
 
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Naval Defense News - Taiwan
 
 
 
ROC Navy christens its first Catamaran Corvette "Tuo River"
 
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday. The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
     
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday, The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county.

     
This new vessel project was first unveiled during TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, in August 2013. The corvette was built by the Lung-De Shipbuilding Corporation under the "Swift Sea" program.

With a length of 60.4 meters this corvette size vessel is designed for littoral operations. A sign on display at the show indicated:
"In order to face the increasing threat across the Taiwan Strait, ROC Navy has developed a new type of Littoral Combat Ship, High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC). This ship design increases ship mobility, and provides for greater stealth technology, larger capacity, and better adaptability to environmental conditions. This new class of ships is designed by Naval Shipbuilding Development Center (NSDC) and Ship Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC). The High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC) is currently under construction by the Lund-De Shipbuilding Corporation."
     
Taiwan's first unit in a new class of 12 catamaran corvettes was christened Friday, The "Tuo River" was Christined during a cereomny held in Suao in northeastern Taiwan's Yilan county. The corvette will undergo a series of sea trials before its commissioning expected in the first half of 2015.
ROC Navy future Littoral Combat Ship
     
This Taiwanese "Littoral Combat Ship" is heavily armed for its size as it is fitted with no less than 16 anti-ship missiles. Representatives at the show said the catamaran corvette may fire both Hsiung Feng II and Hsiung Feng III missiles making it a potent ASUW platform. HF-3 missile is expected to have a range of 130 kilometers and is reported to be capable of reaching speeds of Mach 2 while the older generation HF-2 missile has a range of 160 kilometers and reach subsonic speeds.

In addition to anti-ship missiles, the corvette is fitted with a 76mm main gun, 4x 12.7mm machine guns and a Phalanx 20mm CIWS. There is no helicopter hangar; however the deck may accommodate a medium size helicopter (10 tons class). Propulsion is achieved through 4 waterjets.

Basic ship specifications:
Length: 60.4m
Width: 14m
Depth: 6m
Max draught: 2.3m
Max speed: 38 knots
Endurance: 2000 nautical miles
Crew: 34
     
At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China - Taiwan) unveiled a vessel currently under construction by the Lung-De Shipbuilding Corporation dubbed the "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC)"
The "High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran" Taiwan's Navy future Littoral Combat Ship solution under the Hsun Hai program was first unveiled during the TADTE 2013 defense exhibition in August 2013.