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The oldest Taiwanese submarine will remain in service

The Chinese Navy has signed an agreement with the Taiwan International Shipbuilding Corporation to conduct another mid-level repair of the S 791 Hai Shih (Sea Lion) diesel-electric submarine, the oldest submarine in the world with 1945 g, according to a blog bmpd with reference to Taiwan News.

The cost of the agreement was $ 19 million. The submarine must be repaired in 18 months.

“In addition to general repair work, the navigation equipment will be updated on the boat. Repair will extend the life of the boat until 2026, and thus Hai Shih will celebrate its 80th anniversary in the ranks of Taiwan fleet"- writes the Taiwanese newspaper.

It is reported that “SS 791 Hai Shih is a former American submarine SS 478 Cutlass type Tench, which was built on the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, launched in November 1944 of the year and transferred to the US Navy 17 in March 1945 of the year, having completed 1945 in August alone combat campaign on the Pacific Ocean ".

In 1948, the submarine was upgraded using the GUPPY I program, and in the 1960 year it was re-upgraded.

“The boat was officially handed over to 12 on April 1973 of Taiwan, becoming the first full-fledged operating submarine of the Republic of China (except for the Italian subversive ultra-small submarines of the Cosmos CE1960F and SX-2 projects purchased in 404). Hai Shih after repairs in Philadelphia arrived in Taiwan on April 18 1974. Now it is the oldest submarine in the world in service, ”the material says.

The oldest Taiwanese submarine will remain in service

The boat was handed over to Taiwan without torpedoes with blocked torpedo tubes, so as not to annoy Beijing, with which the United States at the time was trying to establish relations. “However, later the torpedo tubes were reintroduced by Taiwanese and the boats were armed with torpedoes (their type is unknown),” the newspaper writes.

The combat missions of the submarine were considered (and, apparently, remain) reconnaissance, staging of minefields and ensuring the actions of special forces.

It is noted that "Taiwan is forced to retain the old submarines in the Navy because of the inability to obtain modern submarines abroad."

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  1. Vitalson
    Vitalson 25 January 2017 10: 12
    amusing fleet collect.
    1. himRa
      himRa 25 January 2017 10: 15
      She’s probably all shaking when immersed! fool
    2. 210ox
      210ox 25 January 2017 10: 17
      Rather, a floating museum ..
      Quote: Vitalson
      amusing fleet collect.
    3. vovanpain
      vovanpain 25 January 2017 10: 22
      The oldest Taiwanese submarine will remain in service

      It would be better if they made a monument out of it, because it can sink and not emerge. request
      1. bouncyhunter
        bouncyhunter 25 January 2017 10: 31
        Quote: vovanpain
        After all, it can sink and not float. request

        Then we get an underwater monument. wink
      2. Vitalson
        Vitalson 25 January 2017 10: 32
        Then there will be an underwater monument.
    4. antivirus
      antivirus 25 January 2017 11: 32
      THIS IS GEOPOLITICS. China received a warning from Trump about the possible modernization of Taiwan's Navy and Navy. Openly. Modernization money in Taiwan = RMB to USD exchange rate
      “Collective Trump” has already offered “its own number.” Which will Beijing choose?
      -freedom of development or align with Washington exchange rate.?
    5. Sergej1972
      Sergej1972 25 January 2017 13: 18
      Taiwan has a fairly powerful fleet.
      1. Santa Fe
        Santa Fe 26 January 2017 07: 06
        The Navy of the Republic of China is the sixth largest in the Asia-Pacific region. The honorable sixth place is not much quoted in our world, however, this is a good result for a small island off the coast of China.

        Missile destroyers "Ki Lun" (1801) and "Su Ao" (1802) of the Chinese Navy,
        in total there are four units - former. American cruisers-destroyers of the Kidd class

        Kang Ding type stealth frigates with guided missile - six units

        In addition to the combat units listed above, the Taiwanese Navy includes 16 multipurpose frigates (8 built under license by the long-hull Oliver H. Perry and 8 Knoxes from the US Navy), the Ankor-type amphibious assault-carrying dock-type, two tank landing ships of the type “ Newport, 10 minesweepers and 40 + missile and patrol boats. The naval aviation has anti-submarine “Sea Hawk” helicopters and light “Hughes 500MD” patrol helicopters - only about three dozen units. Anti-submarine and S-2T Turbo Trekker (26 in the ranks, half of them fly) are gradually replaced by P-3C Orion: the first 12 of the ordered aircraft arrived in Taiwan in November 2013.

  2. 210ox
    210ox 25 January 2017 10: 15
    They are Yankeses ... they’ll not only present a boat with practically disabled devices, but they will also sell guns without a breech ... In the name of world peace ..
  3. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 25 January 2017 10: 16
    in service since 1945,

    You can go nuts.
    The cost of the agreement was $ 19 million.

    Is it worth it to spend that kind of money so that it is believed that Taiwan has its own submarine fleet. Maybe it’s better to make a museum, for example, like in Vladivostok?
    1. himRa
      himRa 25 January 2017 10: 21
      Quote: rotmistr60
      Is it worth it to spend that kind of money so that it is believed that Taiwan has its own submarine fleet. Maybe it’s better to make a museum, for example, like in Vladivostok?

      I think it will be so and the article is on the conscience of author
      Well, the boat can’t be in service so much! wassat sea ​​water and other
      1. Evgen2x
        Evgen2x 25 January 2017 11: 00
        Yeah question! And the fatigue threw, and sea water, what with a solid case ??? Well, if the modernization did not include the final replacement of a durable and lightweight housing))
      2. Santa Fe
        Santa Fe 26 January 2017 07: 09
        the former US submarines USS Cutlass and USS Tusk (cruising boats of the type "Balao" and "Tench") - both were laid in the 1943-44's. and launched in 1945 year! Despite their age limit, both submarines are still listed as active combat units and occasionally go to sea as training classes for training Chinese submariners. According to some data, they now have a limit on the depth of immersion.

        The reason for the amazing longevity of the boats "Hi Shi" is the modernization carried out under the GUPPY program. Strictly speaking, what the Taiwanese sailors are using now has little to do with the USS Cutlass and USS Tusk that plied the seas in the 1940s. From the previous boats there was only a solid hull, everything else has undergone global changes.

        The Greater Underwater Propulsion Power Program (GUPPY) project was adopted in the 1950-s under the influence of the German Electrobot ideas. Exploring the trophy boat, the American designers realized a simple truth: it is worth sacrificing everything - artillery, ammunition, autonomy, comfort compartments, speed in surface position - for the sake of the submarine characteristics of the submarine. All free space was taken by batteries. Their number has doubled. The artillery and the fencing of the cabin were removed, only the narrow streamlined “sail” remained from the cutting itself - all for the sake of reducing the resistance when moving under water.

        Max. submerged speed increased to an incredible 17-18 for that era, and the range of submerged navigation increased to several hundred miles. Equipped with modern sonars and radars, the boats of the war years found a second life - upgraded by the GUPPY project, they turned into formidable underwater opponents and were used in the US Navy right up to the beginning of the 1970s!

        A similar boat (“Santa Fe”, formerly USS Catfish) was actively used by the Argentine Navy during the Falkland conflict, 1982. The old boat died, nevertheless, fulfilled its mission, delivering a group of assault forces.

        So it’s too early to discount the old Taiwanese submarines - they are still able to show their old fangs. It is curious that both boats were transferred to Taiwan in the form of training units: without ammunition and with brewed torpedo tubes - however, the sly Chinese restored the boats, equipping them with modern Italian torpedoes. A caring attitude to technology works wonders - for years already 40 “Hai Shi” and “Hai Pao” regularly serve under the blue-red flag of the Republic of China.

        These boats are not at all like those on which Lunin and Marinesko fought.
  4. kolkulon
    kolkulon 25 January 2017 10: 29
    The superstructure is beautiful.
  5. Evil 55
    Evil 55 25 January 2017 10: 41
    They will repair and give Chubais to drown ...
  6. akribos
    akribos 25 January 2017 11: 43
    It's nice to see frugal and tidy people, we have few of them. Yours faithfully!
  7. DenZ
    DenZ 25 January 2017 11: 49
    The article says that it was modernized under the Guppi I program. But purely outwardly (in the form of cutting) it is pure Guppi II.
  8. vvp2412
    vvp2412 25 January 2017 15: 05
    Even I did not understand !? Mainland navy? Or Taiwanese Navy? Then bullshit !?
    Taiwan Navy can?
    It is unlikely that the Navy of China will modernize the Taiwanese boat !?
  9. Aaabuz
    Aaabuz 25 January 2017 15: 05
    Navy of China? Is modernization carried out by the enemy?
    1. Kasym
      Kasym 25 January 2017 21: 32
      Misunderstood. Taiwan, Republic of China. Taiwan, Republic of China - full name. The author had in mind the Taiwan Navy, which signed a repair agreement with a Taiwanese company. hi
  10. sub307
    sub307 25 January 2017 16: 47
    This is how "thrift for thrifty" looks like ....