Republic of China Navy taken delivery of what could be 1st of new class of stealth corvettes.Locally built 500ton Tuo Jiang delivered to Taiwanese Navy from Lung Teh Shipbuilding at harbor of Su-ao.Taiwan said wants to purchase up to dozen corvettes that can travel in excess of 40knots & likely be armed with domestic supersonic anti-ship missile. “Armaments reportedly include Hsiung Feng III (HF-3) ramjet-powered supersonic anti-ship missile".
Taiwanese Navy Destroyer Suao.RoCN has 26 large surface combatants,all of which have potent anti-ship capability.Largest in fleet are 4 Kee Lung-class guided-missile destroyers,formerly US Kidd class destoyers.At about 10,000tons,each destroyer has 2 Mk.26 twin surface to air missile launch systems armed with Standard SM-2 Block IIIA surface-to-air missiles,2 Mk. 45 127mm guns,4 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles & has helicopter flight deck & hangar.
A Chinese Jin-class Type 94 nuclear ballistic missile submarine armed with nuclear tipped missiles. People’s Liberation Army Navy Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine set to begin patrols in 2014, 6 armed with new Ju Lang 2 (JL2), ONI Senior Intelligence Officer Jesse Karotkin told US China Economic 1 Security.
130214-N-WF272-041 PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 14, 2013) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a hull swap with guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59). Hull swaps, or ship rotations, are part of the Navy's long-term plan to routinely replace older ships with newer more capable ships. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Diana N. Quinlan/Released)