Taiwanese Navy takes delivery of its first Tuo Chiang-class stealth multi-mission corvette

According to information published by the Military News Agency website of Taiwan on July 27, 2021, the Taiwanese Navy took delivery of its first Tuo Chiang-class stealth multi-mission corvette, the Ta Chiang (PGG-619), on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Tuo Chiang-class stealth missile corvette of Taiwanese navy. (Picture source Military News Agency website of Taiwan)

The official delivery ceremony was held at the Lungteh Shipbuilding facility in Yilan County, eastern Taiwan and was attended by Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng, Yilan County Magistrate Lin Zi-miao, and other military officials.

In December 2020 the first of the improved Tuo Chiang-class corvettes, PGG-619 Ta Chiang, was launched in Yilan. 6 improved models are to be delivered by 2023.

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette is based on a catamaran design. The ship has a length of 60.4 m, a beam of 14 m, a draught of 2.3 m, and a displacement of 567 tones. She has a crew of 41 people.

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette can operate up to sea state 7 in waves up to 20–30 ft (6.1–9.1 m) high. Taiwan Security Analysis Center (TAISAC) stated that the ship features stealth technologies to help evade radar detection, a combat system that includes a distributed-architecture combat direction system known as “Taiwan Aegis" developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology.

The armament of the Tuo Chiang-class corvette consists of Sea Sword II missiles, Hsiung Feng II and III anti-ship missiles, one 76 mm Otobreda naval gun, one Phalanx CIWS Close)In Weapon System, two 12.7mm heavy machine guns and two Mark 32 triple torpedo launchers.