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Model army unit showcases helicopter maintenance

Staff writer, with CNA

An army aviation unit to be honored as a military model group of the year yesterday displayed its work in maintaining the army’s helicopters at a military base in Greater Taichung.

The helicopter maintenance plant under the Army’s 602nd Aviation Brigade demonstrated regular safety checks and maintenance on the AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters, OH-58D reconnaissance helicopters and UH-1H utility helicopters at the base in Xinshe District (新社) during a media tour.

The unit’s work on safety and maintenance is key to ensuring the safety of pilots and other military personnel who use the helicopters, said 2nd Lieutenant Lin Kuan-liang (林冠良), an AH-1W Super Cobra attack pilot.

The unit comprises of about 150 military personnel, both male and female. Before the unit displayed its work, other military personnel belonging to the same brigade held a drill to demonstrate defensive techniques against attacking forces.

The drill incorporated the three types of helicopters, with two UH-1H utility helicopters carrying 12 soldiers playing enemy forces designed to simulate an attack on an ammunition depot.

An OH-58D reconnaissance helicopter was deployed to collect information on the position of the enemy, before the army sent soldiers to fight the opposing forces on the ground and two AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters were deployed to provide air support.

The Ministry of National Defense tour was scheduled to take the media the following day to a navy unit and an air force unit that will also be honored as model units of the year during an Aug. 30 ceremony in Taipei ahead of Taiwan’s annual Armed Forces Day, which falls on Sept. 3.

This is the first media tour organized by the ministry since the death of army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘).

Hung died on July 4 after being thrown into detention and made to exercise in extreme heat. The incident significantly damaged the military’s image as it makes the transition to an all-volunteer force.

The military personnel highlighted in yesterday’s media tour showed high morale, praised their time in the military and encouraged more people to enlist.

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