The two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, now serving in the US navy, will be delivered to Taiwan by 2015, Kao said in response to questions in parliament.
The two warships, estimated to cost a total of about TW$7 billion (US$240 million), will replace two of eight now ageing Knox-class frigates which Taiwan acquired in the early 1990s, Kao said.
The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate specifications are:
- a displacement of 4200 tons
- a length of 135 m
- a beam of 14 m
- a draft of 6.7 m
- a speed of 29 knots
- a range of 8300 km at 20 knots
- a complement of 176
The 2 additional ships will join 8 Cheng Kung class frigates, which are a locally build variant of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, already in service in the Taiwanese Navy.