Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has officially handed over the landing platform dock (LPD) vessel, named Yushan, to the Taiwanese Navy.

Delivery of the vessel was accepted during a ceremony held in Kaohsiung on 30 September.

It was attended by various officials, including Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

Tsai said: “When it comes to China’s military threats, only by strengthening our self-defence capabilities can there be true peace.

“It is our constant policy and determination to implement national defence autonomy so that the military has the best equipment to defend the country.”

The country’s first indigenously built amphibious vessel has been named after Taiwan’s highest mountain Yushan.

It has been developed as part of President Ing-wen’s defence self-sufficiency initiative.

The 10,600t vessel will be used by the country’s land forces to transport equipment and other supplies to the vulnerable islands.

In a tweet, Taiwan MND said: “Named after the highest Mt. in Taiwan, Yushan, our first indigenous LPD, was just transferred to ROC Navy today. She will supply our outlying islands, transport troops, conduct HA/DR operations, and reinforce our forces with TF aboard.”

Constructed by shipbuilding company CSBC, Yushan is equipped with a cannon to counter air and surface threats as well as anti-aircraft missiles.

Tsai added: “We can say that the Yushan warship is a transport ship that can specifically demonstrate the navy’s ability to “relieve disasters in peacetime and fight in wartime.”