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ROCN Kee Lung class (ex-Kidd class) destroyer
« on: January 28, 2019, 07:05:22 AM »
From: naval-technology.com
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The Kee Lung (Kidd) destroyers are in service with the Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy. Originally built for Iran, four destroyers were acquired by the US Navy following the cancellation of the deal by the Iranian government. Taiwan acquired all four of the destroyers from the US Navy in 2001.

The keel for the lead ship in the class, USS Kidd (DDG-993), was laid by Ingalls Shipbuilding in June 1978. It was launched in August 1979 and commissioned in June 1981. USS Callaghan (DDG-994) was laid down in October 1978, launched in December 1979 and commissioned in August 1981.

USS Scott (DDG-995) was laid down in February 1979, launched in March 1980 and commissioned in October 1981.

The last ship in the class, USS Chandler (DDG-996), was laid down in May 1979. It was launched in August 1980 and commissioned in March 1982.

Four Kidd Class destroyers were decommissioned by the US Navy in the late 1990s. In December 1998, the Department of Defense announced that Greece had requested a lease-sale arrangement of four destroyers. The deal was, however, later scrapped by the Greek Government later.

The sale of all the four destroyers to Taiwan was authorised by the US Government in 2001. The ships were transferred to the Taiwanese Navy under Kuang Hua VII programme.

The $732m deal included hardware upgrades, overhaul, activation and training. The four ships were renamed Keelung (1801), Suao (1802), Tsoying (1803) and Makung (1805), and commissioned into the Taiwanese Navy by 2006.

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Re: ROCN Kee Lung class (ex-Kidd class) destroyer
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2019, 07:07:28 AM »

A port bow view of the guided missile destroyer Kidd (now Tsoying). Photo taken from naval-technology.com

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Re: ROCN Kee Lung class (ex-Kidd class) destroyer
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2019, 01:01:37 AM »
http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1964.0



ROCS Kee Lung-class destroyers Kee Lung (right) and Ma Gong (left). Picture by 玄史生