Question for the military members of CODA:
What are the differences and comparative advantages of Knox-class versus Perry-class warships? — specifically for Taiwan vis-à-vis China?
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports (via GlobalSecurity.org) that yesterday, Oct. 10, 2013, the Republic of China on Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Friday denied a report in the latest edition of China Times Weekly that Taiwan’s Navy plans to cut the number of frigates by six to cut costs.
Quoting unnamed sources, the weekly said the Navy is planning to replace the entire fleet of eight Knox-class frigates with just two Perry-class warships, which it said will be delivered in mid-2014. The Perry-class frigates being sold to Taiwan are ‘hot ships’ being decommissioned by the U.S. Navy, according to the report.
Calling the report “pure speculation and untrue,” the MND nevertheless confirmed plans that two U.S.-made Knox-class frigates will be replaced by two Perry-class frigates that Taiwan is in the process of acquiring from the United States. The crews of the two Knox-class frigates will be transferred to the Perry-class vessels, the MND said, without elaborating.
Also denying that it was planning to downgrade the tri-service headquarters, the MND said a task force is expected to complete its planning on Taiwan’s future force structure next March based on its assessment of threats, available resources, and the military development of relevant countries.