As the military focuses on developing joint operations capabilities, there is only one training base large in the country enough to provide joint-operations training.
A marine corp base in Pingtung County's Hengchun township is the only place where the army, air force, navy, and marine corps can train in joint modes.
During a recent visit to the base arranged by the Ministry of National Defense, the press were able to get a close-up look at the training facilities for the first time.
The base has been providing joint operations training to major combat forces since 2000, with troops coming in rotation for four weeks each year, the marine corps said in a briefing.
The army's armored, armored infantry and motorized brigades are the major users of the base, while the marine corps' two infantry brigades also feature.
At the base, these brigades have the chance to operate jointly using the army's armed helicopters, the air forces' fighter jets and the navy's warships.
The joint training breaks down barriers between the armed services, giving troops near combat experience. This type of training was the brainchild of Minister of National Defense Tang Yao-ming (
In a year, the base can accommodate 11 brigades, nine from the army and two from the marine corps, for four-week programs at a time for each brigade. Most of the army's major combat forces undergo such training every year, which helps maintain the units' combat readiness.
The base, which started operation in 1967, is the country's largest training field, covering a space of over 2,000 hectares. It has frequently been the site of the annual Hankuang-series exercises.
Marine corps commander Lieutenant General Hsu Tai-sheng (
"We plan to develop a bombing field for the air force. The site will be located east of a mountain which now serves as a boundary of the base. First we have to buy land from civilians," Hsu said.
Additional training capacity such as computerized war gaming and laser-controlled battlefield simulators will also be added over the next few years. The new training facilities will help reduce noise levels on the base, something people living nearby have often complained about.
SPEEDING ELETRIC VEHICLES: Available without license requirements, the low-cost vehicles, especially if illicitly modified, can often reach a dangerous speed The government should crack down on illegal electric bicycles and scooters, the non-profit Consumers’ Foundation said on Friday, citing research on the potentially dangerous speed of the vehicles. Electric bicycles and lightweight electric scooters have gained popularity as they do not require registration and riders do not need licenses, the foundation said, adding that as many as 40 percent of them can reach speeds exceeding the legal limit of 25kph for non-licensed two-wheelers. Some consumers also purchased legal electric vehicles and modified them to reach higher speeds, it said. “If the government does not step up efforts to confiscate these
‘RELIABLE PARTNER’: US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar praised the ‘Taiwan model,’ saying that the nation brought its spirit to its COVID-19 response The first memorandum of understanding (MOU) on health cooperation between the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the US Department of Health and Human Services was yesterday signed at the Centers for Disease Control in Taipei. The memorandum was signed between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US, by AIT Director Brent Christensen and Taiwan Council for US Affairs Chairperson Jen-ni Yang (楊珍妮). US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) witnessed the signing of the memorandum, designed to enhance the nations’
Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday tweeted a welcome to Somaliland’s first representative to Taiwan, Mohamed Omar Hagi Mohamoud, who arrived on Friday. Mohamoud had “braved Chinese pressure” to take up his new post, Wu wrote. “The fact ‘sovereignty & friendship aren’t for sale’ deserves international recognition,” referring to a Somaliland media report earlier this month that Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi had rejected an offer by the Chinese government in exchange for ending its rapprochement with Taiwan. Wu also thanked the US National Security Council (NSC) for praising Taiwan-Somaliland ties. A council tweet on July 10 praised Taiwan
The US on Thursday removed a warning against all international travel, and placed Taiwan on a list of 13 destinations where the risk of COVID-19 transmission is “very low.” The list was compiled almost five months after the US Department of State issued a “global level 4 health advisory,” urging US citizens to avoid all international travel. On Thursday, the department announced that it was lifting the advisory, saying that “with health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice.” The US