ALEXANDRIA, Va., -- Two mothballed U.S. Navy frigates are to receive reactivation work from VSE Corporation for their transfer to Taiwan through the Foreign Military Sales program.
The frigates covered under the Naval Ship Transfer and Repair contract are the ex-USS Taylor and ex-USS Gary, Oliver Hazard Perry-class vessels.
"Since 1995 VSE has transferred more than 48 ships to foreign governments, including the transfer of 12 ex-U.S. Navy ships to Taiwan," said Maurice "Mo" Gauthier, VSE chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer. "Our N*STAR Team is comprised of the maritime industry's best firms at providing affordable sustainment of allied fleet assets and modernizing those assets to provide mission relevance across a broad spectrum of operational needs."
Under this delivery order, which is worth as much as $74 million, VSE will manage the industrial work, logistics and crew training required to reactivate the two ships.
Each ship will receive a Dry-Docking Selected Restricted Availability during which all hull, mechanical and electrical systems and selected combat systems will be reactivated and fully tested to ensure the ships are returned to full operating capability.
The Taiwan crews will receive training on maintenance and operation of the FFG systems.
The US Navy former Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) is berthed at Naval Station Mahon, Menorca, Spain during a port visit in 2010.