Missile dropped on deck of navy frigate in Penghu

CRANE INCIDENT:The Navy Command said that the missile’s warhead and tailfin were damaged, but that repairs could be made to the air-defense weapon

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 13, 2017
By: Liu Yu-chin and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

Sailors dropped a missile on the deck of a Republic of China Navy frigate from a

A missile sits on a launcher on a navy vessel in an undated photograph. Photo: Liu Yu-ching, Taipei Times

considerable height while unloading the ship’s magazine at Magong Port (馬公港) in Penghu County on Monday afternoon, the Navy Command said yesterday.

The incident occurred while sailors were operating a crane to remove ordnance from the Cheng Kung-class frigate Tzuyi, a warship of the 146th Fleet, the Navy Command said.

A RIM-66A Standard Missile 1 became unhitched in mid-lift and fell to the deck, it said.

The missile was worth US$402,500, it said.

While the missile’s warhead and tailfin showed signs of damage from the impact, technicians said it could be repaired after replacing a few of its components, the command said.    [FULL  STORY]

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