– War on the Rocks – Last year, Taiwan’s Chief of the General Staff, Adm. Lee Hsi-ming quietly proposed a revolutionary new approach to Taiwan’s defense, called the Overall Defense Concept. This new concept, if effectively implemented, could turn the tables and give Taiwan a fighting chance of preventing China from being able to take it by force.
– War Zone – The Taiwanese Navy is in desperate need of the additional ships to at all keep pace with China, but they’re still years away from entering service.
– StraitsTimes – Taiwan plans to build eight submarines to bolster its current fleet of four ageing vessels, its navy chief said yesterday.
– USNI News – The president of Taiwan announced the start of a domestic submarine program. Taiwan estimates the process will take ten years for the first attack boat to be ready – four for design, four for construction and two additional years of testing.
– War is Boring – Another lease on life for the World War II-era ‘Hai Shih’
– Focus Taiwan – The Lafayette-class Di Hua frigate is on its way back to Taiwan after completing a routine patrol mission in waters near the Spratly Islands.
– USNI News – The Taiwan Navy (ROCN) announced a major overhaul plan that includes indigenous production of four 10,000-ton destroyers and 10-15 frigates in 2014. The intention to build up to eight diesel-electric attack submarines with displacement between 1,200 to 3,000 tons is also part of the 20-year modernization plan. The plan is part of a broader effort to switch from reliance on foreign military sales to domestic production in key areas of Taiwan’s defense needs.
– National Interest – Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president.
– USNI News – Taiwan-watchers waited for long four years for new arms sales, but their patience was not met with large reward when the news about imminent arms sale to Taiwan emerged at the end of November.
– Defense News – In 2001, President George W. Bush’s administration released the largest arms package to Taiwan since the closing of US military bases on the island in 1979. The deal included four Kidd-class destroyers, 12 P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and eight diesel-electric submarines. Since then, the package has been completed except for the submarine offer.
– Reuters – Taiwan has allocated T$3 billion ($92.55 million) over four years, beginning next year, to launch a long-awaited program for the island to build its own diesel-electric submarines.
– Real Clear Defense – It may be a sign of the times that Taiwan seldom comes up during Q&A sessions following Asia talks these days. But it does sometimes—especially with savvy but lay audiences. So it was this week with the Financial Technology Forum, a gathering of IT professionals on Goat Island in Newport. Question: in light of China’s rise to diplomatic, economic, and military eminence and well-documented ambition to rule Taiwan, is it inevitable that the island will find itself subsumed within the mainland’s communist regime?
– War is Boring – Locked in an an undersea arms race with China, Taiwan has decided to build its first domestically-produced attack submarines.
– USNI News – The Republic of China Navy has commissioned the first in a planned class of a dozen domestically constructed guided missile corvettes.
– The Diplomat – Taiwan’s got a new tool in its sea-denial toolkit.
– Defense News – The Taiwan Navy received the first prototype of the stealthy Tuo Jiang-class catamaran corvettes, the PGG 618, in a ceremony Dec. 23 at Suao Port, on Taiwan’s east coast.
– USNI News – After waiting on the U.S. to make good on plans to develop a diesel electric attack submarine (SSK) for almost 15 years, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence announced it was kicking off its own domestic attack submarine construction program this week.
– USNI News – The Republic of China Navy has taken delivery of what could be the first of a new class of stealth corvettes, according to local press reports.
– USNI News – China issued a strong statement against a planned sale of U.S. Oliver Hazard Perry frigates to Taiwan that was singed into U.S. law on Thursday.
– USNI News – Taiwan will start building a new fleet of six mine counter measure (MCM) ships with help from Lockheed Martin and Italian shipbuilder Intermarine S.p.A., Lockheed announced last week during the EURONAVAL 2014 show in Paris.
– USNI News – Since the 1996 Taiwan Straits crisis, when China tried to intimidate the island by testing missiles in waters near Taiwan and the United States responded by sending two carrier battle groups to the region, Beijing has built up its naval forces of conventionally powered submarines, corvettes, and frigates to influence events in “the first island chain” off its coast—and looks to extend its reach by 2050 to the Mariana Islands with nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers.
– Navy Recognition – At TADTE 2013, the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition, ROC Navy (Republic of China – Taiwan) unveiled a vessel currently under construction by the Lung-De Shipbuilding Corporation dubbed the “High Efficiency Wave Piercing Catamaran (WPC)”
– AFP – Taiwan’s navy said Tuesday it would not scrap scheduled patrol missions to disputed islands in the South China Sea, despite a flare-up of regional tensions in the contested waters.
Kyodo News Service – $6.5B Navy arms deal to Taiwan near complete
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. reached agreement this week on a $1.3 billion deal to refurbish a dozen P-3C antisubmarine aircraft for sale to Taiwan, the “last step” forward in a major arms deal stalled since 2007.
Armed Forces Journal – The strengths and weaknesses of Taiwanís defense strategy emerge.