President to inspect Han Kuang live-fire drill off eastern Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-09-04 11:25 AM
Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou is set to board a military frigate to inspect a live-fire drill to be held in waters off eastern Taiwan as part of the annual Han Kuang series of military exercises later this month. The five-day exercises, scheduled to kick off Sept. 15, will include live-fire drills in three different locations: the waters off eastern Taiwan and south of Penghu and at a base in Pingtung, according to the Ministry of National Defense. Kidd-class destroyers, Chengkung-class frigates, a Lafayette-class frigate and Kuang Hua VI-class missile boats will be used in the drill off the coast of eastern Taiwan. Ma will inspect the drill, the first time he will board a frigate to inspect a Han Kuang drill since taking office in May 2008, according to a source familiar with the matter. Naval anti-submarine S-70C helicopters and an Air Force P-3C anti-submarine aircraft will also participate in the drill, which is aimed at testing the military's joint operations in the event of war. The second stage of the "Han Kuang 30" runs from Sept. 15 to Sept. 19, the Defense Ministry said. It follows computer-aided war games that took place in May. The annual Han Kuang exercises, Taiwan's most important war games involving the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, are aimed at testing the military's defense capabilities in the face of the continued military threat from China. (By Claudia Liu and Elaine Hou)
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