Chile moved closer to procuring two Adelaide-class frigates from Australia with the recent inclusion of crew-training funding for the ships in the Chilean parliament’s budget bill for fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) and other further official government confirmation that it still intends to buy the ships.
The parliament included USD3.7 million to cover the training of crews and associated services in Australia in its FY 2020 budget for the frigates – former HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Melbourne – which were decommissioned by the Royal Australian Navy in April and October, respectively, this year.
The Chilean government also reported the acquisition to parliament to fulfil requirements under the new law for military hardware buys starting for 2020 procurements.
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