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Missile damaged during unloading, no one injured: Navy

2017/09/12 14:07:13

Image taken from Military News Agency's website

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Following a report in the Apple Daily the R.O.C Navy released a statement on Tuesday confirming that a missile on a Cheng Kung-class frigate was damaged when being unloaded on Monday afternoon.

The warhead and tail of the RIM-66 Standard missile were damaged during the incident. No one was injured, the Navy said in the statement.

A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident, the statement said.

Naval command said the incident took place at about 3 p.m. Monday on a Cheng Kung-class frigate when Naval personnel were unloading a RIM-66 Standard One medium-range surface-to-air missile from a missile launcher.

The missile fell onto the deck and was damaged, it noted. Initial findings indicate the Navy can repair the damage it added.

Naval command stressed that Navy personnel are required to follow standard operational procedures when loading and unloading missile from launchers.

The Navy said that if negligence is show to have taken place those responsible will be dealt with accordingly.

Measures will be taken to ensure there is no repeat of the incident, it added.

(By Joseph Yeh)