President Tsai Ing-wen will attend the beginning of construction work on Taiwan’s first domestic submarine at a Kaohsiung City shipyard on Nov. 24, the Presidential Office announced Friday Nov. 20.
Taiwan to start work next week to build its fleet of domestically-developed submarines, presidential office said on Friday, as the island claims it has the right to self-defense against any military threat from China.
The project includes eight submarines and will strengthen the island’s defenses, according to presidential office spokesman Xavier Chang. “This represents a new milestone in the national submarine manufacturing plan,” Chang said. President Tsai Ing-wen will attend a ceremony next Tuesday to kick off the work.
NT$49.36-billion (US$1.72-billion) project is expected to see the submarine completed during the third quarter of 2024, with sea trials scheduled for 2025.
The defence program is part of Tsai’s military modernization and self-sufficiency plan. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said in September, although without naming China, that the island has the right to self-defense and counterattack amid the “high frequency of harassment and threats from the enemy’s warships and aircraft this year.”
Taiwan’s military added at the time that it has “clearly defined” the procedures for a first response