By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) The Republic of China (Taiwan) Navy next month will
commission two Perry-class guided missile frigates it bought from the United States, a Navy official said Monday.
Fielding questions during a Legislative hearing, Navy chief of staff Vice Admiral Lee Chung-hsiao (李宗孝) told lawmakers that training and preparations are underway for the commissioning of the two vessels into the Navy sometime in November.
On the question of how the new ships will help improve the nation’s defense capability, Lee said they are Perry-class vessels, which means they have much better anti-submarine capabilities than the Navy’s existing eight Chengkung-class frigates.
The two military vessels, built in the 1980s and named USS Taylor and USS Gary in the U.S. Navy, were delivered on May 2017. [FULL STORY]