Navy’s new frigates to arrive in Kaohsiung on Saturday

Two Perry-class frigates purchased from the United States should arrive at the naval port of Zuoying in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Saturday. The sale of the decommissioned ships was authorized by the Obama administration at the end of 2014.

In March, the commander of Taiwan's navy, Huang Shu-kuang, and Taiwan's representative to the US Stanley Kao oversaw the handover of the ships in the US. The frigates were formerly in service with the US Navy as the USS Taylor and the USS Gary. Huang said the ships would be renamed Mingchuan and Fengjia after prominent figures in Taiwan's history.

The military said the frigates are very mobile and can share the same maintenance support system as Taiwan's current Cheng Kung-class frigates. The US has also for the first time released to Taiwan its SQQ-89 Undersea Warfare Control and SQR-19 Tactical Towed Array Sonar systems. The systems will effectively improve Taiwan's coastal defenses.

Source: Radio Taiwan International