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Taiwan Navy launches 'carrier killer' with 28 missiles

Ta Chiang to be deployed to island's northeast, where Chinese ships pass

The Ta Chiang "carrier killer" corvette features anti-air and anti-ship missiles and a catamaran hull for fast, stealthy travel. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan's Presidential Office)

TAIPEI/BEIJING -- Taiwan on Thursday announced the commissioning of a powerful, locally built warship capable of taking on both air and sea threats.

The Ta Chiang corvette is being deployed at the Suao naval base in Yilan County, in the island's northeast, where the hope is that the presence of what has been dubbed a "carrier killer" will deter growing military pressure from mainland China.

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