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Military exercises ensure effective search and rescue performance

Military exercises ensure effective search and rescue performance

The goal of military exercises is to validate the results of day-to-day training, and to review and improve current regulations and actions. The Armed Forces Joint Search & Rescue Exercises took place with great fanfare in Yilan County in mid-November. Various types of search and rescue equipment and gear belonging to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and allied units were mobilized for this event. Under the overall command of the Armed Forces all units cooperated closely and amply demonstrated the full mobilization that will be needed in the event of a disaster. In addition, the Ministry of Defense and private rescue organizations showed that they are able to quickly initiate search and rescue work as soon as an incident occurs. In summary, the exercises demonstrated that Taiwan is successfully improving its search and rescue capabilities, and has established a mature operating framework in terms of coordination of resources and mission assignment.
It is always a serious matter when the Armed Forces are mobilized for search and rescue or disaster relief operations, but citizens unavoidably depend on the Armed Forces for relief when disaster strikes. In the past, when major natural disasters have occurred, the Armed Forces have always been able to perform front-line search and rescue work, and have always been steadfast in their efforts until all rescue tasks have been accomplished. Search and rescue missions follow the overriding order that they must do everything within their means to save lives.
Although these exercises are a routine annual event for the Armed Forces, the tri- services all contributed an impressive collection of ships, aircraft, helicopters, and vehicles. Working in close coordination with allied units, the Armed Forces engaged in search and rescue missions under a variety of conditions. Every facet of every mission complied with search and rescue operating procedures showing that the Armed Forces are constantly pursuing improvement. The results of successive exercises over the years show that the military's total search and rescue capability is gradually reaching maturity.
Thanks to the sharing of experience and resources, the Armed Forces and private search and rescue units are prepared to work together to achieve optimal results in the event of accidents or disasters in the seas around Taiwan, and even in inaccessible mountain areas. Citizens can rest assured that their lives and property are better protected than ever before.