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Two Rivals To Get U.S. Frigates

October 23, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress has approved an administration request for the sale of four frigates each to Greece and Turkey after both countries offered assurances of their commitment to reduce tensions in the region, a U.S. official said Friday.

No dollar figures were available for the transaction.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the transactions will enable Greece and Turkey to modernize their navies and fulfill their commitments to NATO.

Greece will receive four Kidd Class frigates and Turkey four Perry Class frigates.

The frigates to be received by Greece sometimes carry advanced missiles, but these weapons were not part of the sale, the official said, adding that the armaments are not in the Greek arsenal.

The official said the United States has a policy not to sell weaponry to Greece or Turkey that is not in their arsenals.

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