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Pan Shi-class fast combat support ship

The Pan Shi-class fast combat support ship (磐石)[1] is a single-ship class of the Republic of China Navy used to refuel, rearm, and resupply ROC Navy and allied ships.[2] The class is named for Pan Shi mountain in Hualian County.

Class overview
Builders: CSBC Corporation, Taiwan, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
Operators:  Republic of China Navy
Preceded by: Wu Yi-class
Cost: $130m USD
Completed: 1
Active: 1
General characteristics
Type: Fast combat support ship
Displacement: 20,859 long tons (21,194 t)
Length: 643 ft (196.0 m) (overall)
Beam: 82 ft (25.0 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nmi (15,000 km; 9,200 mi)
Crew: 165
Armament:
  • 1 x Sea Chaparral
  • 2 × 20 mm Phalanx CIWS
  • 2 x 40mm cannon
  • Multiple 20 mm cannon
  • Multiple .50 caliber machine guns
  • Small arms
Aircraft carried: SH-60 Seahawk or CH-47 Chinook
Aviation facilities: hangar space for up to three medium sized helicopters
Panshi Fast Combat Support Ship (AOE-532)
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen addresses sailors from the fantail of the Pan Shi
ROCN Panshi (AOE-532) Shipped at No.3 East Pier of Zuoying Naval Base

HistoryEdit

The lead ship of the class, Pan Shi, was laid down at CSBC Corporation, Taiwan's Kaoshiung shipyard in December 2012 and launched in November 2013. She was designed by the Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center.[3]

DesignEdit

Primarily a supply and support vessel, the Pan Shi class also has military transport, maritime rescue, and humanitarian assistance capabilities. The vessel has a significant medical wing with an operating theater, a dental room, three regular wards and an isolation ward.[4] The class has the ability to refuel two ships at once and will help the Republic of China Navy to project power around the globe, particularly in the humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) role. Taiwan has few enemies; barring war with the People's Republic of China, the class will most likely only be used for military operations other than war.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Defense". english.ey.gov.tw. National Yuan. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  2. ^ Writer, Staff. "Navy debuts logistical support ship 'Panshih'". taipeitimes.com. Taipei Times. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  3. ^ "ROC Navy started sea trials of its new fast combat support ship AOE 532 "Panshi"". Navyrecognition.com. Navy Recognition. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  4. ^ Panda, Ankit. "The Taiwanese Navy's Newest Ship: The Panshih". thediplomat.com. The Diplomat. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  5. ^ Thim, Michael. "NEW SHIP BOOSTS TAIWAN'S HADR CAPABILITIES". cimsec.org. Center for International Maritime Security. Retrieved 2 May 2019.