ADVANCED SYSTEMS: The two Perry-class frigates have advanced anti-sub capabilities and are fitted with the sonar system used currently by the US Navy
Date: Nov 09, 2018
By: Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer and agencies
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday vowed that the nation would not “concede one
step” in defending itself as she inaugurated two frigates purchased from the US.
The two Perry-class guided missile frigates were commissioned in a ceremony at the Zuoying naval base in Kaohsiung.
Built in the 1980s, the frigates were originally named USS Taylorand USS Gary, and were part of a US$1.8 billion arms deal to Taiwan announced in 2015 under then-US president Barack Obama. They have been renamed Ming Chuan (銘傳) and Feng Chia (逢甲).
They have “high mobility, high sea resistance and low noise,” and are fitted with the SQR-19 sonar system currently used by the US Navy, the Republic of China Navy said.