US to Sell Turkey Two Perry Class Frigates

WASHINGTON (Reuters)–The US Defense Department notified Congress on Wednesday of a proposed sale to Turkey of two surplus Perry-class frigates with rapid-firing MK-15 Phalanx close-in weapons–guided-missile launch systems and other advanced gear.

Turkey already has seven US Navy Perry-class frigates in its fleet. The proposed sale could be worth as much as $110 million if Congress goes along with it as expected and if all options are exercised.

"Turkey needs these frigates to continue its naval modernization program and enhance its anti-submarine warfare capability,” said the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency–which handles foreign military sales.

The agency said the sale would not adversely affect the military balance in the region or US efforts to nudge fellow NATO members Greece and Turkey toward a negotiated settlement of their dispute over the divided island of Cyprus.

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