ROC NAVY'S 11TH CHINCHIANG-CLASS PATROL SHIP CHRISTENED
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ROC NAVY'S 11TH CHINCHIANG-CLASS PATROL SHIP CHRISTENED

Kaohsiung, Feb. 25 (CNA) The patrol ship Chuchiang, the 11th and the last of the Chinchiang-class vessels constructed by China Shipbuilding Corp. for the Republic of China Navy, was christened on Friday.

Following the christening, the 500-ton ship will be installed with arms and will undergo a series of tests before joining active service.

The christening ceremony, held at the Kaohsiung shipyard of the shipbuilder, was attended by more than 100 sailors and representatives of the shipbuilding company.

The ROC Navy entrusted China Shipbuilding Corp. to construct 11 Chinchiang-class vessels several years ago. Construction on the last vessel started in March of last year.

A Navy spokesman said that the Chuchiang will be assigned to patrol missions at harbors and across the Taiwan Strait. During war time, it can be remodeled for interception and anti-landing missions. (By Victor Lai)