Taiwanese Hai Lung-class submarine (SS-794) is seen at a navy base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen launched the island's first ever home-grown submarine project Tuesday in the face of what the government says are growing military threats from China.Taiwan's navy currently operates a fleet of four submarines, bought from abroad, but only two of them can be deployed in the event of war.The other two were built by the United States in the 1940s and are only used in training as they are too old for combat.As part of her visit Tuesday, Tsai boarded Taiwan's Zwaardvis-class submarine the Hai Hu, which was purchased from the Netherlands.Taiwan has turned to the domestic submarine project after years spent waiting for U.S. models.
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