(Washington, D.C. – June 13th 2013) -- In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel dated June 4, 2013, U.S. Representative Robert Andrews (D-NJ) called for the sale of submarines to Taiwan. Rep. Andrews wrote: "I would like to know how the U.S. can support Taiwan's acquisition of diesel electric submarines, including export control considerations for technical assistance and other export licensing in a support of a Taiwan submarine program."
The Congressman concluded: "I also urge the Department of Defense (DOD) to permit and encourage American companies with expertise in areas related to the development of submarines to support Taiwan's establishment of an indigenous submarine program. To this end, the DOD should convene such integrated product teams as may be necessary to determine the technologies that Taiwan will require, and which are releasable, to facilitate a successful program."
In April 2001, then-President George W Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington's most comprehensive arms package for the country since 1992. Since then, however, there has been little progress in filling the order.
Over the years, many members of the U.S. Congress have on multiple occasions called for the sale of submarines to Taiwan. Most recently, in January 2013, a US congressional delegation led by current chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, paid a visit to a Taiwan naval base adding momentum to the Congressional push for the sale of submarines.
Taiwan's navy currently has four submarines, but only two of them – “Swordfish class” diesel submarines built in the Netherlands in the early 80's -- could be deployed in the event of war. The other two are World War II vintage “Guppy Class” submarines that were built by the United States in the 1940s.
FAPA President Mark Kao, Ph.D. states: "For Taiwan to possess its own submarine fleet is not only in the immediate interest of Taiwan, it is also in the direct interest of the security of the United States. How? In case of a conflict with China, the Taiwanese submarines would be able defend the waters around Taiwan against intrusions by the Chinese Navy. This would help deter the PLA Navy, and be very helpful to the US forces in maintaining peace and security in the region.”
2013年6月4日，紐澤西州民主黨眾議員安德魯斯 (Robert Andrews) 發出給美國國防部長海格 (Chuck Hagel) ，信中敦促對台出售潛水艇。安德魯斯議員在信中寫道：「我想知道的是，美國可以如何支持台灣取得柴電潛艇，包括出口台灣潛艇計畫的相關技術控管和支援」。
近年來，許多美國國會議員紛紛呼求對台軍售。最近在2013年1月，由現任眾議院外交委員會主席洛伊斯議員 (Ed Royce) 率領的國會代表團造訪了台灣海軍基地，更加強化了美國國會對台出售潛水艇的推動。