Taiwan starts construction of 2nd Tuo Chiang-class corvette for Taiwanese Navy

According to information published by the Taiwan News website on October 7, 2021, Taiwan started construction on a second Tuo Chiang-class corvette in Yilan County on October 6, 2021. The new corvette is being built in partnership with shipbuilder Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co., the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), and the Taiwanese Navy.
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In December 2020, Navy Recognition has reported that Taiwan has planned to build three more of the upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class catamaran-design missile corvette by 2025. The first mass-produced ship to be built under the country’s multi-mission stealth corvette program was completed 27 months ahead of schedule, said Taiwanese Navy Commander Admiral Liu Chih-pin.

The goal of the Taiwanese Navy is to have six Tuo Chiang-class ships built and ready for service by the end of 2023. The Taiwanese Navy currently has two seaworthy Tuo Chiang vessels, a prototype that was commissioned in 2015, and the Ta Chiang, which has an updated design, the Taiwanese Military News Agency said.

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette is a Taiwanese-designed class of fast (up to 45 knots, 83 km/h, 52 mph) and stealthy multi-mission corvettes built for the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy.

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette is a wave-piercing catamaran design that has a length of 60.4 meters, a wide of 14 m wide, and carries a crew of 41. The ship is capable to reach a top speed of 40 knots (75 km/h) and has a maximum cruising range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 km).

The Tuo Chiang-class corvette is armed with eight subsonic Hsiung Feng II and eight supersonic Hsiung Feng III anti-ship missiles launchers, a Phalanx Close-In Weapons System, and a 76 mm (3 in) main gun. The ship can operate up to sea state 7 in waves up to 20–30 ft (6.1–9.1 m) high.