Monday, November 05, 2012

Keeping the Door Open

Taiwan may not be able to control the Taiwan Strait, but they can still make an effort to hold open their sea lines of communication to the east.

Taiwan will add two frigates to their navy:

Taiwan plans to buy two warships from the United States as part of an effort to modernise its naval force amid a perceived military threat from China, defence minister Kao Hua-chu said Monday.

The two Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates, now serving in the US navy, will be delivered to Taiwan by 2015, Kao said while answering questions in parliament, AFP reports.

The frigates have limited anti-ship and anti-air capabilities and have an anti-submarine focus. Which makes them useful if the Chinese send their submarines to cut Taiwan off from the world.

While the Taiwanese need to focus on anti-access/area denial forces in the Taiwan Strait, they have sea control missions in the east.