US, Taiwan military sister units to enhance cooperation
Forming sister units with U. S. military units could enhance closer military cooperation and exchanges, the Ministry of National Defense ( MND) said yesterday.
Fielding questions during a Legislative session yesterday, Administrative Deputy Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Wang Shinlung ( ) confirmed a local media report that said two R. O. C military units have recently formed sister units with two U. S. units.
He noted that such an arrangement has been made public in an MND report sent to the Executive Yuan recently.
He noted that such forming of sister units has both “symbolic and practical meaning” for the R. O. C. Armed Forces and their collaboration with U. S. counterparts.
Wang, however, would not disclose further details about such cooperation, saying only that it is part of regular bilateral military exchange.
The Chinese- language Liberty Times report yesterday quoted an unidentified military source as saying that the northern Taoyuan- based Army Aviation Special Forces 601st Brigade has formed a sister unit with the Hawaii- based U. S. Army’s 25th Combat Aviation Brigade.
The MND Political Warfare Brigade’s Psychological Warfare Battalion Headquarters has also formed a sister unit with the U.S. 7th Psychological Operations Group under the Pacific Command, the report said.
The report quoted high- ranking military official as saying that these two major cooperation projects were both initiated by the U. S. side.
Both sides had been engaged in close negotiations for quite some time before finally sealing the deal. This cooperation means the R. O. C. Armed Forces have established closer partnerships for the future.