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Navy to retire six-decade-old ship

2012/06/17 20:48:55

Taipei, June 17 (CNA) The Republic of China Navy will retire one of its vessels, which had been earlier scheduled to be scrapped before it entered Taiwanese military service in 1987, military officials said in Taipei Sunday.

The dock landing ship Chung Cheng, which was named after the late President Chiang Kai-shek's given name, will be decommissioned in early July and moved to the naval base in Kaohsiung before a decision is made about its fate, officials said.

The ship will either be dismantled, as was the first naval vessel that bore the same name, or be used as a target in drills, they added.

The current Chung Cheng was acquired by the ROC Navy from a local steel company, despite the company's original plan to dismantle it for scrap in 1985, officials said.

Formerly the USS Comstock (LSD-19), the ship was built for the United States Navy during the Second World War and first commissioned in 1945.

The ship has a deck for helicopters and can carry several amphibious vehicles.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Kay Liu)
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