By: Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) Taiwan is still hoping to take delivery of two U.S.
Perry-class frigates next year, said Defense Minister Kao kuang-chi (高廣圻) on Wednesday, amid reports that the sale is in limbo and the ships already decommissioned.
Kao said at a legislative hearing that the ministry is hoping to get a letter of offer and acceptance for the frigates by the end of the year and send Navy officers to take delivery of the Perry-class frigates next year.
He added that the military has already inspected the frigates, and they are in fairly good condition, but Kao acknowledged that there have been delays, which he attributed to difficulties in coordination between the executive and legislative branches in the United States. [FULL STORY]