New coast guard vessel to patrol Taiwan’s east coast

Photo: TCGA

The Taiwan Coast Guard Administration (TCGA) recently introduced a new patrol vessel slated for operation on the country’s east coast.

The 35-tonne newbuild will perform duties including monitoring, fisheries enforcement, rendering assistance to other vessels in distress, firefighting and medical evacuation of patients from some of the outlying islands to the the Taiwanese mainland.

The vessel has a maximum speed of 45 knots and a range of 600 nautical miles. The onboard equipment includes water cannons that may be used for firefighting or as a non-lethal means of dealing with hostile boats.

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