Two Perry-class frigates purchased from the United States should arrive in Taiwan from around May to July. That's the word from the defense minister, Feng Shih-kuan, speaking at the Legislature on Tuesday.
The sale of four Perry-class frigates to Taiwan was authorized by the Obama administration at the end of 2014 but the procurement has been a drawn-out process. Former defense minister Lee Shi-ming said late last year that Taiwan would only procure two of the four ships offered. The timeline of the ships' decommissioning has also delayed the handover.
The frigates, once they arrive in Taiwan, will replace the Navy's current Knox-class frigates. The names for the ships have not yet been decided. Names assigned by the former Ma Ying-jeou administration were rejected. The DPP administration believes naval vessels should be commissioned with names that carry more local resonance.