Ceremony marks handover of new Coastguard vessel

A 1,000-ton patrol vessel named Changhua (彰化), built by national shipbuilder CSBC Corp, was officially handed over to the Coast Guard Administration during a ceremony at the company’s Keelung shipyard on Wednesday.

The frigate has a fully loaded displacement of 2,167 tonnes, a hull length of 98.5m, a beam of 13.2m, a draft of 7.6m and a maximum speed of 24 knots (44 5 km/h), CSBC said in a statement.

The ship is the longest and largest in the Taiwanese fleet and can handle big waves better than previous 1,000-ton frigates, he said.

Photo courtesy of CSBC Corp

The ship also has the capability to perform nighttime search and rescue missions and can accommodate emergency helicopter landings, the CSBC said, adding that the frigate is equipped with a satellite-based broadband network system. modern that improves communication between ships and land data. swap.

The ship is equipped with the Zhenhai (鎮海) weapon system developed by the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, which replaces Bofors 40mm L70 cannons, the company said, adding that the 42-barrel Zhenhai rocket system, which uses 70 mm rockets on the bow of the ship, has a range of about 10 km.

The new frigate is also equipped with four high-pressure water cannons with a horizontal range of 120m, allowing coastguard officers to fend off ships in rough waters during monsoons, the CSBC said.

The vessel is also equipped with two safety lifeboats with a maximum speed of 35 knots, which can be used to perform salvage and counter-smuggling tasks, enhancing the crews’ ability to conduct rescue missions. law enforcement and rescue in Taiwanese waters, he added.

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