ROC Navy started sea trials of its new fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshi"

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ROC Navy started sea trials of its new fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshi"
 
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy (ROC Navy) started the sea trials of the locally made fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshi" (nammed after a mountain in eastern Taiwan in the hope that it will be as strong as a rock). The vessel, fully designed in Taiwan, was laid down at the National Taiwan Shipbuilding Corporation (CSBC) shipyad in Kaoshiung in December 2012, launched in November 2013 and will be commissioned to the ROC Navy in 2015 following the trials at sea.
     
Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy christened a locally made fast combat support ship in Kaohsiung, with the aim of putting the vessel into service by the end of the year, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
The Republic of China Navy Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship Underway for its first set of sea trials
     
The vessel is designed as an AOE, in accordance with the U.S. Navy hull classification system, which means it is a logistics ship that will supply oil, ammunition and stores to other ships in a battle group.

"Panshi" is 196 meters long with a beam of 25.2 meters and a draft of 8.6 meters. It has a full displacement of 20,859 tons and light displacement of 10,371 tons. . It has a range of 8,000 nautical miles, maximum speed of 22 knots and the capacity to carry a complement of 165 sailors.

The new ship will help boost Taiwan's combat capability, according to Chief of General Staff Kao Kuang-chi.
     
Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy christened a locally made fast combat support ship in Kaohsiung, with the aim of putting the vessel into service by the end of the year, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
The Republic of China Navy Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship Underway for its first set of sea trials
     
The large helicopter hangar provides permanent basing of up to three medium helicopters. The ship has been design to be able to simultaneously replenish two vessels at the same time.
     

According to the original models, the class is set to receive a quite unusual heavy weapons fit for this type of vessel:
1x 76mm OTO Melara compact main gun
2x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
2x 35mm Rheinmetall Millenium guns
2x 30mm cannons turrets
and several .50 cal machine guns

 

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