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Hsiung Feng I anti-ship missiles have been retired

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- All Hsiung Feng I anti-ship missiles (雄風一型反艦飛彈), a derivative of the Israeli Gabriel missile Mk II, were officially decommissioned from Taiwan's military late last year, the Navy said yesterday.

The last batch of Hsiung Feng I missiles, the first generation anti-ship missile used by the Navy, were sent to the military's chief research facility, the Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (中山科學研究院) (CSIST) to be destroyed by the end of 2012, the Navy Command told the Chinese-language United Evening News yesterday.

They are replaced by the latest generation Hsiung Feng-III anti-ship missiles, the Navy said.

The Hsiung Feng I missile, which literally means “Brave Wind I,” was the result of cooperation between the CSIST and the Israeli military back in the 1970s, military sources told the newspaper.

The anti-ship missiles were originally deployed on the Navy's Israeli-made Hai Ou (Sea Gull)-class missile patrol boats (海鷗飛彈快艇).

The patrol boats were also decommissioned by the Navy last year and replaced by the Kuang Hua VI fast attack missile boat (光華六號飛彈快艇).

The decommissioning of the boats and missiles symbolized the end of a long period of defense cooperation between Taiwan and Israel, the report said.

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