Incoming chief of staff briefs Legislature on military plans

Incoming Chief of Staff Admiral Lee Hsi-min says he will continue to push for innovative reforms as Taiwan faces the threat from China.

Lee is slated to take up the position of Chief of Staff on May 1. At the Legislature Wednesday, he spoke about plans for the military.

"We must have innovative thinking and reforms. The military's headquarters must lead the way so that others can follow. We will build what we need and use our resources to their utmost capacity for national security," Lee said.

The navy will receive two decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates from the United States in early May. Lee said it should take about a year for them to join the military's fleet.

"I think it should take about a year because we need to install Taiwanese-built weapons. This will take time. We also need a period of testing and training. When these are complete, they will be a powerful part of our navy," said Lee.

When asked about the weapons that would be on the warships, Lee said they will be equipped with the supersonic missile Hsiung Feng III missile.

Source: Radio Taiwan International