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LAST INDIGENOUS FRIGATE ORDERED BY NAVY TO BE DELIVERED

2004-03-01 23:21:33

    Taipei, March 1 (CNA) The last of eight high-speed missile frigates ordered by the navy will be delivered March 9, a China Shipbuilding Corp. (CSBC) official said Monday in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan.

    The frigate, patterned after the U.S-designed Perry-class warship has finished the most difficult phrase of sea trials and is undergoing a final polish.

    The newcomer to the fleet has been christened the Tien Tan. It is the last of eight Perry-class frigates ordered by the navy from the CSBC.

    With a displacement of 3,000 tons, the frigate is armed with standard missiles, high-speed guns, depth charges and indigenous ship-to-ship missiles. It has a maximum speed of 29 knots.

(By Maubo Chang)

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