Taiwan commissions two 3,000-tonne coastguard cutters

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TAIPEI, -- Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has formally inducted two locally built cutters to enhance the service's maritime patrol capabilities, an official from the CGA's international affairs division confirmed on 8 June.

The 3,000-tonne vessels, Yilan (CG 128) and Kaohsiung (CG 129), were formally commissioned at Hsinbin Wharf on 6 June in a ceremony presided over by Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou. Following the induction ceremony, both vessels took part in a maritime exercise that demonstrated their capabilities.

The 119 m cutters were laid down in 2012 by Kaohsiung Shipbuilding and delivered to the CGA in late 2014. According to IHS Jane's Fighting Ships , each vessel is armed with one 40 mm and two 20 mm guns. Specifications provided by the CGA indicate a maximum speed of 24 kt and a standard range of 10,000 n miles. Besides naval guns, the vessels are also said to each be equipped with one water cannon.

IHS Jane's reported in March 2014, citing local media reports, that the helicopter-capable cutters were built at a cost of TWD5.2 billion (USD167 million) and will feature a fire control system on its 40 mm guns. The CGA has declined to confirm details on the ship's weapons and radar systems.

The Taiwan CGA also commissioned cutter, Yilan (CG 128).



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