Taipei, May 20 (CNA) Rogge Chen and Jay Chen
The Republic of China Navy Command confirmed Monday that it is seeking to purchase two active Perry-class frigates from the United States.
The Navy Command said in a press release that the price and date of delivery will not be decided until after the U.S. Congress passes legislation allowing the transfer.
It denied a news report saying that the proposed acquisition includes a "mini-Aegis" fire control system and a vertical launch surface-to-air Standard I missile system.
Neither system was ever requested, the Navy Command said.
It was responding to a report in the Liberty Times Monday saying that the ships will be delivered to Taiwan's Navy next year at a total price of NT$600 million (US$20 million).
The paper said that Taiwan wants to replace its fleet of eight U.S.-made Knox-class frigates built in the 1960s.