Date: , May 06, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The Port of Kaohsiung is capable of accommodating the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier, but
no assessment has ever been made of the Taiwanese military’s ability to provide logistics support for such a vessel, a top Ministry of National Defense official said yesterday.
There is enough space and depth at the port to allow the Stennis to dock, Vice Minister of National Defense Hsu Pei-shan (許培山), a vice admiral and former navy chief of staff, told a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee.
However, “other considerations” such as docking restrictions would have to taken into account, whether a ship is a military or a merchant vessel, Hsu said in response to a question from Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Ding-yu (王定宇) on whether the port could accommodate the Stennis.
US Senator Ted Cruz on Friday last week suggested on Twitter that the Stennis should be rerouted to Taiwan since Beijing had refused to allow a US carrier strike group, including the Stennis, to make a port call in Hong Kong amid strained relations over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
Noting that the Port of Kaohsiung is big enough to accommodate the world’s largest container ship, the CMA CGM Group’s Benjamin Franklin, Wang asked Hsu whether the Stennis could dock there. [FULL STORY]