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23 Mayıs 2013 Perşembe

Taiwan to buy two U.S. frigates

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.

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