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Navy withdraws demerit given to admiral in drill blunder

2012/08/14 20:19:35

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The Navy said Tuesday it has revoked a major demerit given to a fleet commander involved in a blunder during a recent military drill.

The decision was made a day earlier at a meeting that was held to review the punishment meted out to Rear Adm. Chang Feng-chiang for sailing his fleet off course and toward Japan's territory during the exercise last month, said Capt. Wu Ming-hsiung, chief of the Navy's Personnel Service Section.

The Navy's Military Personnel Rights Committee decided to revoke the major demerit given to Chang, and the Navy will review its disciplinary actions against officers who have been held responsible for the incident, Wu said.

A decision will be made "as soon as possible," he added.

During the exercise in waters off eastern Taiwan July 25-26, Chang led his Yilan-based 168th Fleet toward the Japanese island of Yonaguni, about 100 kilometers east of Taiwan, reportedly raising an alarm in Japan.

The Navy later gave Chang a major demerit for "serious discipline violations" as commander of the fleet, while other officers were given demerits for failing to discover the mistake in time.

Last week, the Ministry of National Defense completed its investigation into the matter and revoked the Navy's decision to punish certain officers, including Chang, and ordered the Navy to once again review the actions of the individuals involved.

(By Elaine Hou)
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