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Navy holds keel-laying ceremony for amphibious transport dock

ROC Central News Agency

06/09/2020 06:07 PM

Kaohsiung, June 9 (CNA) The ROC Navy held a keel-laying ceremony for an amphibious transport dock at CSBC Corp. Taiwan's factory in Kaohsiung on Tuesday to highlight the construction of the warship and Taiwan's policy to build weapons at home.

The ceremony was hosted by Navy Commander Admiral Liu Chih-pin (劉志斌) and attended by CSBC Chairman Cheng Wen-lon (鄭文龍).

The two of them placed coins on a block model and offered incense sticks to pray for good luck, a Military News Agency report said.

The Navy signed a contract in 2018 with CSBC to have it build the warship by April 12, 2022. Construction of the warship, which carries a price tag of NT$4.635 billion (US$155.84 million), began in May 2019, according to the report and a statement issued by CSBC.

Tuesday's ceremony was held as construction of the first two sections of the ship was completed, meeting the conditions for laying the keel, according to the CSBC statement.

The new amphibious transport dock ship, also called a landing platform dock (LPD), has a light displacement of 10,000 tons, a ship length of 153 meters and a life of 7,000 miles.

CSBC said the ship will be able to carry out amphibious combat and military transport tasks in wartime, including supporting special operations and mine-laying, and conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in peacetime.

In addition to the transport dock, CSBC has also been commissioned to develop four 4,000-ton Coast Guard patrol ships, six 1,000-ton patrol vessels, and 15 100-ton patrol ships over the next few years, the statement said.

(By Chen Yun-yu, Chen Chi-fong and Evelyn Kao)

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