TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On Saturday, May 4, Taiwan’s armed forces, including police and Coast Guard units, carried out joint military training exercises at Taipei Port in New Taipei, under the supervision of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).
The Hai-an No. 10 maritime exercises (海安10號演習) were carried out alongside the Jin Hua exercises (金華演習), and involved scenarios designed to simulate bio-chemical attacks on the northern port, obstruction of port operations, and an attempted Chinese invasion.
Tsai gave an address before the start of the exercises, in which she noted the international situation is changing rapidly. Taiwan must be prepared to face new challenges in order to ensure Taiwan’s national defense, said the president.
President Tsai with military officers (CNA Photo)
Terrorist attacks against Taiwan may employ “nuclear, chemical, or biological agents” said the president. She added that securing harbors like the Port of Taipei, will be a crucial aspect of the defense strategy to protect Taiwan’s infrastructure.
Divided into the “land operations” and “sea operations,” 737 personnel took part in the exercises, including officials from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as the Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau. The exercises employed 17 naval ships, 3 helicopters, 6 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and 24 other vehicles, reports Liberty Times.
"Sea Operations" included 17 ships (CNA Photo)
"Land Operations" (AP Photo)