At a cost of about $162 million, Yu shan has a full load displacement of about 10,600 tons, a length of 153 meters, her top speed of 21 knots (39 km/h), and a range of 13,000 km.

According to defensenews, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense said the Yu Shan can accommodate up to 673 troops and its vehicle deck can carry AAV7 tracked amphibious vehicles, among other land platforms. The ship also has a twin hangar sized for Sikorsky Seahawk and Black Hawk helicopters as well as a single flight deck spot to conduct helicopter operations. A well dock is incorporated in the design to stow, launch and recover landing craft.

ROCS Yu Shan
ROCS Yu Shan

Yu Shan is scheduled to enter service in 2022. She will succeed the old ROCS Hsu Hai (LSD-193), formerly the USS Pensacola, received from the US Navy in 1999. She will be equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and processing systems, including the bow mounted sonar. Weapons include a pair of anti-aircraft TC-2N radar-guided Surface-to-Air Missile launchers to deal with aerial threats. There is also the 76mm Mk.74 automatic cannon, 2 x 20mm Mk 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems.

The hull is designed to provide a certain level of stealth. At the stern are the helipad and hangar. Cargo loading doors are placed along the sides of the warship.


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