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Two Perry-class military frigates to arrive in Taiwan soon
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.
A series of weapons system testing and personnel training will be carried out before the two frigates are formally commissioned into service, the Navy has said, adding that a commissioning ceremony is slated for July 2018.
The Perry-class frigates have high mobility and are equipped with the SQQ-89 undersea warfare combat system, a naval anti-submarine warfare system for surface operations, and the SQR-19 sonar system, which the military said will beef up the Navy's anti-submarine capabilities.
Then-U.S. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law in December 2014 that authorized the sale of four Perry-class frigates to Taiwan. Taiwan budgeted about NT$5.5 billion (US$174.8 million) in 2014 to purchase two of the frigates.
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