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​Taiwan submarine programme builds momentum

11th October 2018 - 02:15 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei


Taiwan’s Indigenous Defense Submarine (IDS) programme is now cracking on after almost two decades of inertia. However, the effort has raised eyebrows in media and political circles in Taipei due to the strange origins of the consultancy hired for the programme.

Gavron Limited is registered not in Taiwan, but on Gibraltar on the Iberian Peninsula.  Though a British Overseas Territory, the outcrop is well known for business activities outside the sphere of normality.

According to Gavron’s website, its role in the IDS is ‘to review submarine concept designs to assess technical balance and safety’.

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick

Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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