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ADAS 2016: Taiwan LPD programme revealed

19th September 2016 - 12:00 GMT | by Charles Au in Kaohsiung

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The Republic of China Navy’s (ROCN) long-term indigenous shipbuilding programme will begin with a landing platform dock (LPD). The design is similar to the USN’s San Antonio class, plus it has references to Singapore’s Endurance class.

Taiwan occupies several remote islands not far from China’s coast, so the ROCN must coordinate with the marine corps to reinforce or resupply these islands, something that requires capable amphibious warfare vessels. 

This resupply arrangement also includes disputed territory in the South China Sea. Furthermore, the new LPD will serve as a platform able to provide humanitarian aid in or around Asia-Pacific.

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