The Republic of China Navy (ROCN), on 30 September, commissioned its first indigenous Yushan Touchdown Platform Dock (LPD-1401). Design efforts started in early 2015 and had been unveiled on 15 Could 2016. The keel of the lead vessel was laid in June 2020. Yushan was launched in April 2021, the launch ceremony was attended by President Tsai Ing-wen and Protection Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng. President Tsai described the vessel as a “milestone” on Taiwan’s journey to naval shipbuilding self-sufficiency. Yushan, started her sea trials on 7 July 2022. The ship was delivered on 30 September 2022 by CSBC Company, Taiwan.

The category is meant to fill each navy and humanitarian roles, as a command ship for amphibious operations, a mothership for the ROCN’s small minelayers, and a normal logistics transport able to supplying islands with out harbor amenities. The Yushan class is meant to keep up the stock of the Republic of China Navy’s land platform docks at two ships. The lead ship of the category will fill the void left by the retirement of the ROCS Chung Cheng (previously USS Comstock), whereas a deliberate second ship will change the ROCS Hsu Hai (previously USS Pensacola), which served within the Republic of China Navy since 1999.


Republic of China Navy Yushan Touchdown Platform Dock (LPD-1401)

Yushan-class ships has a size of 153 m (502 ft), a beam of 23 m (75 ft), and their commonplace displacement is 10,000 t (9,800 lengthy tons). The category has a draught of 6.1 m (20 ft), most pace of 21 knots (39 km/h) and vary of seven,000 mi (11,000 km). The ships are capable of carry a number of AAV7 together with 673 troops. The ships additionally has a single flight deck with two hangars capable of accommodate Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk or the naval Sikorsky SH-60 Seahawk helicopters. The category is unusually properly armed for a touchdown platform dock with a 76 mm gun, two Phalanx CIWS, and two modular missile launchers of both 8 Hsiung Feng II surface-to-surface missiles or 16 Hai Chien surface-to-air missiles. Additionally they have radar signature decreasing options and electromagnetic pulse safety.

CSBC Company obtained a TWD4.635 billion (USD145.93 million) contract to construct the vessel in April 2018. Its keel was laid down in June 2020 and the vessel was launched in April 2021. CSBC Company, Taiwan (Táiw?n Guójì Zàochuán, actually “Taiwan Worldwide Shipbuilding Company”) is an organization that produces ships for civilian and navy use in Taiwan. It’s headquartered in Kaohsiung, with shipyards in Kaohsiung and Keelung. It was a state-owned enterprise earlier than privatization through an IPO in 2008. In 2021 authorities and naval vessels accounted for 60% of CSBC’s operations.

Republic of China Navy Yushan Landing Platform Dock (LPD-1401)
Republic of China Navy Yushan Touchdown Platform Dock (LPD-1401)