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Taiwan to acquire two mine hunting ships soon

ROC Central News Agency

2012/08/01 20:42:40

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Taiwan is beefing up its naval defense capabilities with the acquisition of two minehunters from the United States soon, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

The two refurbished Osprey-class mine hunting ships will be delivered to Taiwan soon, and will be commissioned about a month after the delivery, the source told CNA.

The vessels will improve the Navy's minehunting and minesweeping ability to locate and destroy naval mines used in sea blockades, in the event of conflict, the source said.

In early 2010, the U.S. government approved the sale of two Osprey-class mine hunting ships to Taiwan. The package includes refurbishment, upgrade and other related support and services, at an estimated cost of US$105 million.

(By Elaine Hou)

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