Kinmen Defense Command Issues Press Release Statement Clarifying the Incident of the “Discovery of Several Unexploded Ordnance on the Beach of Guningtou” (November 19th, 2016)
The Kinmen Defense Command received a civilian report at 9:30 am today (19th)regarding the discovery of several unexploded ordnance on the beaches at Guningtou and made the following clarifications:
Upon receipt of the report, the Kinmen Defense Command promptly sent forces to Guningtou to search the beaches and reclaimed an estimated 63 shells. The reclaimed shells have been transferred over to the Unexploded Ordnance Department for handling in accordance with procedures before storage. Subsequently, the unexploded shells will be scheduled for detonation in accordance with the Unexploded Ordnance Handling Regulations.
The 63 unexploded shells retrieved by Kinmen Defense Command showed signs of heavy rust on the exterior and posed no immediate dangers. The shells were believed to be leftover ordnance from the Battle of Guningtou
Air Force Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Statement Clarifying the Media Report of the Indecent Relationship of Two Military Personnel, of Hualien Military Base, Outside the Military Base (November 15th, 2016)
Regarding the media report of the indecent relationship of two military personnel, of Hualien Military Base, outside the military base, the Republic of China Air Force Command Headquarters expressed today (15th) that the military unit had completed investigations and issued punishments in accordance with the evidence uncovered, and the case had been submitted to the headquarters for reviewing. The Headquarters had ordered the military unit to issue heavy punishment in accordance with the Punishment Standards, and the personnel of the transgression had been transferred from their current duties.
The Air Force Command Headquarters stressed that, the Headquarters express their deepest regret for the failure of the personnel to observe proprieties and comply with the military base regulations pertaining to sex relationships. In future, the Headquarters will strengthen the education of military disciplines, regulations and gender equality to prevent similar incidents from happening again.
Air Force Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Statement Clarifying the Media Report of “Non-Commissioned Officer Application for Retirement after 20 years of Military Service Rejected by Superiors” (November 8th, 2016)
Regarding the media report of “Non-Commissioned Officer Application for Retirement after 20 years of Military Service Rejected by Superiors”, the Republic of China Air Force Command Headquarters expressed today (8th) that, investigations have indicated that the non-commissioned officer, surnamed Jiang, based in Chiayi Air Base, had submitted an application for retirement in mid-September. After his superior officer invited him to stay on in military service, the contents of the invitation were circulated in the student group, and leaked to the internet.
The Air Force Command Headquarters further indicated that, the military values the retention of talents, and the commanding officers of the military unit had discussed with Jiang, convincing him to stay on and contribute his skills to the military unit
Navy Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Statement to Clarify the Incident of “US Statement of Non-Support for Indigenous Chien Lung-Class Submarines” (November 5th, 2016)
Regarding the internet media reports on “Chien Lung-Class Submarine Hull Rights Not Obtained, US Expresses that No Support will be Offered for Domestic Produced Submarines” and “US Objects to Upgrade of Attack Capacities of Chien Lung-Class Submarines”, the Navy Command Headquarters clarified today (5th) that, the report contents are unfactual, and expressed its deepest regret.
The Navy Command Headquarters further expressed that, the promotion of the “Indigenous Production of Military Ships” to ensure “Autonomy in National Defense” has always been the unchanging policy of the Navy. To meet the expectations of all sectors, the military will abide by the principles of practice and sound development to strive for the comprehensive planning of building new generation submarines, and urges the citizens to offer their support in the building of a reliable national defense force.
Hua-Tung Defense Command, ROC Army Issues Press Release Statement to Clarify the Incident of the “Alleged Dog Abuse at the Oil Storage Facility of the Second Region Support Command”
Regarding the media report of the alleged dog abuse incident at the Oil Storage Facility of the Second Region Support Command, the Hua-Tung Defense Command expressed today (3rd) that, after receiving the report, the military unit had complied with the instructions of the ROC Army Command Headquarters, and abided by the principles of “Administration by Law” and “Neither Wronging the Innocents nor Acquitting the Guilty” to cooperate with the Command HQ Task Force to launch an investigation. Currently, two retired, former First Class Privates, surnamed Su and Fang, were accused of violating Article 6 and Article 25 of the Animal Protection Act, “Deliberate Abuse or Injury of Animal Leading to Death”, and transferred to the Taitung Military Police Corps for investigation. In addition, the military unit will review the negligence of the administrative personnel, and issue administrative punishments pursuant to the regulations depending on the investigation results and severity of the crime.
The Hua-Tung Defense Command indicated that, the military unit had conducted a regulation advocacy course named “Respect Life and Protect the Animals” in July 2016, in which animal protection experts were invited to conduct 16 sessions. The two former privates, Su and Fang attended the course in July and August respectively, which can be proven by the attendance records.
The Hua-Tung Defense Command expressed that, according to investigations, the video footage disclosed by the media was dated on September 1st. The date that the canine was found suffering, and sent to hospital where it died, was September 19th. Regarding the relevance between the animal abuse and the death of the canine, the military unit will respect the investigation results of the law enforcement departments. However, the military unit also expressed its deepest regret that the media accusation that the soldiers had fed the canine an “unknown white powder” is pure speculation. Furthermore, the aforementioned video footage is now transferred to the judicial departments for investigation.
The Hua-Tung Defense Command stressed that, as the case is now in the judicial proceedings and case details are still subject to further investigation, the Hua-Tung Defense Command urges the public to refrain from jumping to conclusions. If any violations are found, strict punishments will be meted out to ensure law and order. In addition, the military unit will continue to invite animal protection instructors to conduct education seminars for the military units to strengthen the concepts of respecting life and protecting the animals.
ROC Naval Academy Issues Press Release Statement to Clarify the “Video Insinuation of ROC Naval Academy Students Sex on Campus” Circulated on the Social Media Network
Regarding the “Video Insinuation of ROC Naval Academy Students Sex on Campus” circulated on the social media network, the ROC Naval Academy expressed today (2nd) that, the Academy had immediately formed an investigation task force after receiving feedback. After numerous inspections of the footage, the task force has yet to confirm the background as the dormitory room of the Academy. Furthermore, the insinuated students had denied being in the film. The Academy shall adopt a prudent and responsible attitude in continuing the investigation. Should investigations reveal the case to be factual, the students involved would be subject to punishments pursuant to the “Student Reward and Punishment Regulations”.
The ROC Naval Academy further expressed that, after dialogue sessions with the insinuated students, the students are now receiving counseling from the Student Counseling Center due to the psychological pressure. The Academy firmly declared that, regarding the circulation of the sex video through the social media network, the student, surnamed Chen, will be charged with defamation, pursuant to Clause 2, Article 310 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of China, “A person who points out or disseminates a fact which will injure the reputation of another for purpose that it be communicated to the pubic”. If the footage is filmed without consent, the perpetrator filming or disseminating the video will be in violation of “Obstruction of Privacy” stated in Clause 2, Article 315-1 and Clause 3, Article 315-2 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of China, and “Dissemination of Obscene Material” stated in Clause 1, Article 235 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of China. The ROC Naval Academy urges students not to violate the law.
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Information Stating the “2016 National Defense Educational Trip – Zuoying Naval Base Open Day” (November 1st, 2016)
Press Information for 1st Regular Press Conference of the Ministry of National Defense in November 2016
Time: 1000 Hours November 1st, 2016
- Major General Li Shi-Qiang, Chief of Staff of the Navy Fleet Command
- Colonel Chien Shih-Yuan, Head of Combat Readiness and Preparedness Team, Naval Warfare Command, Navy Command
- “2016 National Defense Educational Trip – Zuoying Naval Base Open Day”
- Event Aim:
Through the Open Day event, the results of the military building and combat readiness can be demonstrated to the public to increase contact and interaction so as to win the recognition and support of the people, instill in the military personnel a sense of duty and honor to excel at their responsibilities and raise the national defense awareness of the people.
- Event Organization:
- Event Date: 0800 to 1600 Hours on November 12th, 2016 (Saturday) (Refer to Appendix 1 for event itinerary)
- Event Location: Zuoying Naval Base
- Invited Guests: Provide visits for military personnel, schools, departments, organizations, and citizens
- Event Items:
Classified into different sections, such as naval ship tour, display of ground equipment, ground combat skills performance, naval maneuvers, talent recruitment, and military base tour (Refer to Appendix 2 for equipment display.)
- The Open Day event welcomes the participation of the public. Members of the public will be allowed entrance into the military base by presenting their National Identity documents (National Identification Card or Driving License). For spouses of foreign or Chinese nationality that have yet to obtain their National Identification Cards, they should be accompanied by their ROC spouses, and present their spouse identification or residence permits when entering the military base.
- Foreign nurses should be accompanied by their wards and present their residence permits and legal documents when entering the military base.
- With the exception of submission of a photocopy of passport and written information (Name, Gender, Birthdate, Nationality, Passport Number) for advance applications to the Navy Command Headquarters for approval, foreigners that are neither foreign/Chinese spouses nor foreign nurses (including news reporters) will not be allowed to apply for provisional entry passes into the military base.
- In order to ensure the neutral stance of the administration and the purity of the military base, dissemination and distribution of election materials, flags, and rallying campaigns are prohibited during the Open Day event.
- Possession and usage of aerial photography drones and remote control aircraft is prohibited in the military base to ensure the security and aerial regulation of the military base.
- Service Information:
- Event Inquiry: First Lieutenant Lu Yi-Wen 07-5813141 ext. 785246
- Media Liaison: Lieutenant Colonel Zhang Zhi-Cheng 07-5813141 ext. 784967
- Service Hours: 0800 AM to 0500 PM
- For more information on the event, please visit the “Navy Website” at www.navy.mnd.gov.tw.
- Transportation Information:
- Shuttle bus services will be offered from 0800 to 1600 hours on the event date. No entries will be accommodated after 1530 hours.
- Residents of Kaohsiung City may take the metro or bus to “World Games Station”, “Jieshou Rd”, and “Bisheng Rd” and transfer to the shuttle bus to the event.
- Visitors traveling from central and southern Taiwan (Southbound) may drive along National Freeway No. 1, National Freeway No. 3, National Freeway No. 10, Provincial Highway No. 1, and Provincial Highway 17 to the car parks at “Victory Military Base”, “Chong Shi New Village”, and “Four Seas One Family”.
- Visitors traveling from Pingtung (Northbound) may drive along National Freeway No. 1, National Freeway No. 3, National Freeway No. 10, Provincial Highway No. 1, and Provincial Highway 17 to the car parks at “Chong Shi New Village” and “Loyalty Military Base”.
- Buses carrying group visitors shall enter the military base via the Zhong Hai Entrance (World Games Boulevard – Naval Academy Intersection) and Zhong Zheng Entrance (Zhong Zheng Rd and Jieshou Intersection).
For more details on shuttle bus services, please visit the “Navy Website”.
Aviation and Special Forces Command Issues Press Release Statement Clarifying the “Missing Tactical Reconnaissance Brigade Unmanned Aircraft” Incident
The Aviation and Special Forces Command expressed that, an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to the tactical reconnaissance brigade had lost contact when it flew over the aerial space in Zhuqi Township, Chiayi, during a flight training session around 16 PM in the afternoon yesterday (27th). Reasons for the missing aircraft are still under investigation. The Aviation and Special Forces Command expressed that, after receiving the order, the Command had immediately reported the incident to the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and organized task forces to conduct ground search. At the same time, all aircrafts of the same model are suspended from flight training for special inspections
Ministry of National Defense Issues Press Release Statement Stating the Successful Rescue and Transport Mission of Hong Kong Cargo Ship, “Ocean Sapphire”, Captain (October 26th, 2016)
The Ministry of National Defense expressed today (26th) that, the Ministry had received a report from the National Rescue Command Center at 2033 hours tonight that the Indian captain of Hong Kong cargo ship, “Ocean Sapphire”, located 20 nautical miles west of Kaohsiung Port, had lost consciousness due to unknown reasons. Requiring immediate medical attention, the ship had requested the military to assist in the personnel transport.
After receiving the report, the Ministry had ordered the EC-225 helicopter (K-493) in Chiayi Air Base to execute the transport mission. Taking off at 2058 hours, the helicopter arrived at target area at 2123 hours, and began suspension-lifting operation. Completing the lifting operation at 2204 hours, the helicopter left for Kaohsiung International Airport and arrived at 2214 hours. The patient was then transferred to Kaohsiung Municipal Siaogang Hospital via the Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau ambulance, thus concluding the rescue mission successfully.
Air Force Command Headquarters Issues Press Release Statement Clarifying the “Air Force Aerial Night Rescue Meets with Laser Pointer Interference” Incident (October 23rd, 2016)
Regarding the media report of the “Air Force Aerial Night Rescue Meets with Laser Pointer Interference”, the Air Force Command Headquarters expressed today (23rd) that, during the rescue mission conducted by the rescue team before dawn, the team had met with laser pointer interference by a member of public. The act is in serious violation of aerial safety and poses a significant hazard to the execution of rescue missions.
The Air Force Command Headquarters further stressed that, the Rescue Team is on 24 Hour Standby throughout the year to conduct rescue missions, and they have upheld the humanitarian spirit of “Experiencing the Suffering of Others as Their Own” to demonstrate the passion of the military in caring and assisting the people. They also urge that the public to support the efforts of the rescue team in mission execution and to refrain from using laser pointers on aircraft to avoid any flight safety accidents.