By: Elaine Hou and Lu Hsin-hui
Taipei, May 9 (CNA) Two Perry-class guided missile frigates Taiwan purchased from
the United States are expected to arrive in Kaohsiung later this week and be commissioned into service next year, according to the military.
The two frigates, built in the 1980s, were formally transferred to the Republic of China navy at a ceremony held March 9 in the U.S. state of South Carolina. They are expected to arrive at Zuoying Military Harbor in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung May 13, the military said Tuesday.
After the two ships arrive in Taiwan, they will join the Navy’s 146th fleet, which is based on the outlying island of Penghu, and are responsible for patrolling the Taiwan Strait, the military said. [FULL STORY]