(Reporter Hsieh Hung-kuai of Military News Agency, Matsu, 25th) Today, the Beigao garrison brigade of the Matsu Defense Command (MDC) combined the "Combat Plan Exercise for the First Quarter" to perform the Yuantai exercise on the beach at Tanghou. The exercise was so conducted in simulation of enemy forces charging in from the air, while ground forces carried out protective shooting at the targets to test whether servicemen could operate their combat capability well in an environment with poor visibility and still achieve combat missions.
During the exercise, once the combat readiness unit received orders, it immediately maneuvered to the tactical position and worked in collaboration with the infantry, mixed artillery, and other companies at positions to organize weaponry and fire shooting at unidentified aircraft in the air. Furthermore, the sky above Beigan was all lit up in an instant as various kinds of weapons jointly performed shelling alongside one another with far-stretching and illuminating trajectory, which showed the consistently superb combat skills and flaming fighting spirit of Taiwan’s front-line servicemen.
In addition to verifying regular operations with various weapons by servicemen, this exercise also focused on the degree of close cooperation among each and every one of the units during the combat mission. Once the servicemen received orders, they operated all kinds of weapons with stability and resorted to anti-aircraft barrage to show their experienced combat skills, as well as a high degree of mutual understanding. Most of all, the will-power and determination of Qingtian troops to defend the northern border was well demonstrated.
Lieutenant General Liao, commander of the MDC, said that it had, through live-fire shooting during the Yuantai exercise, enabled the locals not only to experience the combat accomplishments of diligent training by units during regular time, but also allowed them to realize the firm determination and strength of Armed Forces to defend the homeland at close range. With such an exercise, the Armed Forces have implemented concrete actions to strengthen the consensus and effectiveness of national defense.