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
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
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]