Taiwanese Navy commissions Tuo Chiang-class corvette Ta Chiang

According to information published by South China Morning Post on September 9, 2021, the Republic of China Navy (Taiwan) commissioned Tuo Chiang-class corvette under the supervision of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at a shipyard in Suao, Taiwan.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Tuo Chiang-class corvette Ta Chiang (Picture source: Twitter account of new27brigade)

The new naval ship's name, Ta Chiang, is derived from the Tawa River in Taitung County. 

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette is a Taiwanese-designed class of fast (up to 45 knots, 83 km/h, 52 mph) and stealthy multi-mission corvettes built for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy.

The ship is a wave-piercing catamaran design which is 60.4 metres (198 ft) long, 14 metres (46 ft) wide and carries a crew of 41. It is capable of a top speed of 40 knots and a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km; 2,300 mi).

It is armed with eight subsonic Hsiung Feng II and eight supersonic Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles launchers, a Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, and a 76 mm (3 in) main gun. The ship can operate up to sea state 7 in waves up to 20–30 ft (6.1–9.1 m) high.

The Hsiung Feng III is the third in the Hsiung Feng series of anti-ship missiles developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST) in Taiwan. The HF-3 missile uses a ramjet propulsion system, with two boosters for initial acceleration. Production of the ramjet-powered supersonic anti-ship missile began in 2007 and it is already deployed onboard ROC Navy Cheng Kung class and Kang Ding class Frigates.

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