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Taiwan Navy commissions second Min Jiang-class minelayer


According to a tweet published by Tsai Ing-wen on January 14, 2022, the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy commissioned the second Min Jiang-class minelayer FMLB-2.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Second Min Jiang-class minelayer FMLB-2 (Picture source: Tsai Ing-wen)


The Min Jiang-class minelayer is a class of minelayers in service with the Republic of China Navy (ROCN) built by Lung Teh Shipbuilding. The first vessel is designated FMLB-I with FMLB standing for Fast Mine Laying Boat.

The Min Jiang-class displaces 347 tons at full load with a maximum speed of 14 knots. The ships have a length of 41m, a width of 8.8m, and a draft of 1.7m.

The vessels have a precision automatic mine laying system. Besides mines, the vessels are equipped with a T-75 cannon and T74 machine guns.

Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co Ltd is engaged in the shipbuilding business in Taiwan. The company manufactures workboats, passenger ferries, and naval combat boats.