Taiwan launches construction of 3rd and 4th Mine Laying Ships

Navy Recognition
Date: 23 APRIL 2020

Model of new indigenous minelayer under construction for the ROC Navy (Picture source: Twitter Account/Guy Plopsky)

On April 17, 2020, Lungteh shipyard laid the keel for the third and fourth Min Jiang-class minelayer. The Min Jiang-class minelayer's mission, in wartime, is to use their automated mine-deploying systems quickly to lay minefields in the path of a Chinese invasion fleet.

According to Lungteh Shipbuilding, the vessels have a full load displacement of 347 tons, a length of 41 meters, a width of 8.8 meters and a draft of 1.7 meters. The vessels can reach a maximum speed of 14 knots.

The vessel armament's comprises of a 20mm T75 gun mount (as the main gun) and two T74 machine guns (manned 7.62×51 mounts).

The Republic of China Navy plans to begin accepting the 3rd and 4th minelayers in 2021. The first mine-laying vessel is expected to be delivered this year, according to plans.    [FULL  STORY]

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