PHOTO ESSAY/Combat readiness drill showcases Taiwan's naval capabilities

07/26/2022 10:28 PM
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A Cheng Kung-class frigate fires a RIM-66 Standard MR surface-to-air missile during Tuesday
A Cheng Kung-class frigate fires a RIM-66 Standard MR surface-to-air missile during Tuesday's Han Kuang military exercises. CNA photo July 26, 2022

Taipei, July 26 (CNA) Taiwan's military launched the next phase of the annual Han Kuang military exercises Tuesday, following the conclusion of tabletop wargames undertaken from May 16-20.

The drill showcased and tested the armed forces' joint defense capabilities against a Chinese maritime invasion and included port air defense operations, anti-mining exercises as well as joint anti-submarine operations.

A naval officer stands next to a display-use only RIM-66 Standard MR surface-to-air missile during Tuesday
A naval officer stands next to a display-use only RIM-66 Standard MR surface-to-air missile during Tuesday's Han Kuang military exercises. CNA photo July 26, 2022
A Kidd-class destroyer fires a 5"/54 caliber Mark 45 gun during Tuesdays Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Military News Agency
A Kidd-class destroyer fires a 5"/54 caliber Mark 45 gun during Tuesdays Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

The 38th edition of the annual drill kicked off Monday with the construction of temporary coastal fortifications made by army reservists undergoing a new two-week training program.

On Tuesday, exercises began with an operations to defend the nation's critical ports, with several Coast Guard and naval vessels deployed off the coast of Yilan County, northeastern Taiwan.

President Tsai Ing-wen (fourth right) onboard the Keelung Kidd-class destroyer observing Tuesday
President Tsai Ing-wen (fourth right) onboard the Keelung Kidd-class destroyer observing Tuesday's joint naval combat readiness drill. CNA photo July 26, 2022
hih Yang-class frigate fires an anti-submarine missile during Tuesday
hih Yang-class frigate fires an anti-submarine missile during Tuesday's Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Military News Agency

Minehunters and minelayers, as well as the Air Force also took part in the joint exercises on Tuesday.

(By James Lo)

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An S-70C anti-submarine helicopter takes off from its Kang Ding-class frigate transport during Tuesday
An S-70C anti-submarine helicopter takes off from its Kang Ding-class frigate transport during Tuesday's Han Kuang military exercises. CNA photo July 26, 2022
A pilot flies a domestically-built IDF fighter jet armed with an AIM-9P-4 Sidewinder missile during Tuesday’s Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Military News Agency
A pilot flies a domestically-built IDF fighter jet armed with an AIM-9P-4 Sidewinder missile during Tuesday’s Han Kuang military exercises. Photo courtesy of Military News Agency
Two Mirage 2000 jet fly through the sky during Tuesday
Two Mirage 2000 jet fly through the sky during Tuesday's Han Kuang military exercises, with one of the planes shooting out flares. CNA photo July 26, 2022
Navy vessels leave port to demonstrate the navy
Navy vessels leave port to demonstrate the navy's readiness in defending Taiwan’s critical port infrastructure during Tuesday's Han Kuang military exercises. CNA photo July 26, 2022
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