Newly acquired aircraft feature in military rehearsal
Some of the R.O.C.’s recently acquired military aircraft and helicopters were featured at a largescale rehearsal of a public military display held yesterday in Hsinchu in preparation for an official event next month to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Staged at a military parade ground in Hsinchu County, two weeks ahead of the official event set to take place on July 4, the rehearsal featured AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, P-3C submarine-hunting aircraft, EC225 Super Puma helicopters and PAC-3 missile system.
Other than these U.S.-acquired aircraft and helicopters, weapon systems developed indigenously, including the Unmanned Aircraft System, Hsiung Feng III “Brave Wind” surface-to-surface supersonic anti-ship missile, and the CM-33 Clouded Leopard eight- wheeled armored vehicles, also participated in the rehearsal yesterday presided over by Chief of the General Staff Yen De-fa ( ). Stalwarts of the R. O. C. Air Force, including Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDFs), F-16A/Bs, Mirage 2000s, OH- 58D scout helicopters, AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters and CH-47 Chinook transport helicopters, as well as E-2K airborne early warning aircraft and C-130 transport aircraft took part in the rehearsal.
In his remarks, Yen said the rehearsal is meant to allow the R.O.C. Armed Forces to be better prepared for the official event to be held next month that serves to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the R.O.C.’s victory over Japan in the great war.
All R.O.C. military branches sent personnel to participate in the rehearsal yesterday, which featured a total of 3,858 military personnel from 32 different units, 64 military aircraft and 294 military vehicles.
Military personnel and troops who joined the rehearsal and the upcoming event had been stationed at a nearby military camp since March 23, according to the military.
Commemorating R.O.C. soldiers’ contributions
To commemorate the contribution of R.O.C. soldiers to the country and its triumph in the war that lasted from 1937 to 1945, weapons and military aircraft that played a role in the eight-year war were also displayed yester- day, including a replica of the P-40 fighter jet, a model that was used by members of the ChineseAmerican Composite Wing during World War II.
As part of the celebrations, the military said it will invite veterans who participated in the war to join the military display, which will be presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou on July 4.
The event is to be launched after China announced that it will also hold a military parade this year to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and invite the leaders of major countries involved in the war to attend.
Lawmakers have been calling on Taiwan to hold similar celebrations or it could lose the battle over whether history views the KMT nationalist R.O.C. government or the Chinese communists as contributing more to the defeat of Japan in WWII.
The R.O.C. government moved to Taiwan in 1949 following a civil war with the Chinese Communist Party.