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Naval Command stated today (22nd) that a S-70C anti-submarine helicopter (No. 2303) of the Anti-submarine Aviation Group was forced to execute a hard landing on the runway of Zuoying Shen Ying Base due to a suspected equipment failure. The incident caused injury to four people: the pilot, co-pilot, mechanic chief and examiner, who were immediately sent to the Zuoying Branch of Kaohsiung Armed Forces General Hospital for treatment.

Naval Command further stated that Command is assisting the hospital in providing the best treatment for the injured servicemen, and has also requested that this helicopter be immediately suspended from mission dispatch and a special safety inspection carried out. The special task force will report on the investigation into the causes of the helicopter accident.

Naval Command stated today (22nd) that a S-70C anti-submarine helicopter under the command of the Anti-submarine Aviation Group was forced to execute hard landing. After investigation, it was found that the fuselage of the aircraft was severely damaged, and the pilot and co-pilot suffered from minor injuries and lacerations but retained clear consciousness. An examination mechanic suffered 2-3 degree burn covering about 10% of his body. He is now conscious in a stable condition. The mechanic chief suffered 2-3 degree burns covering about 90-95% of his body, and is currently in intensive care. The Medical Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has assigned professional physicians from the Tri-Service General Hospital to the Zuoying Branch in southern Taiwan to assist in treating the personnel. Command has also set up a special task force to provide the most comprehensive care to the injured officers and soldiers.
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The ROC Constitution stipulates that the ROC national defense aims to defend the nation's security and safeguard world peace. Under this, the nation's defense concepts, military strategies, military buildup, and objectives are formulated to prevent conflict. The current international situation and changes to the possible threat to the ROC are also taken into consideration in the making of defense policies at the current stage. The basic objectives are "preventing war," "defending the homeland," and "countering terrorism and responding to contingencies." The higher strategic goal is "effective deterrence, resolute defense" with the establishment of a quality self-defensive force capable of counterattack. China, though calling for reunification, has never renounced the use of force against Taiwan. It has not only deployed an increasing number of ballistic missiles aimed at Taiwan but also staged large-scale military exercises with an overt saber-rattling intent to destabilize Taiwan politically and economically. Moreover, its robust economic expansion in recent years has fueled its defense spending for greater military muscle. In order to maintain Cross-Strait stability and avoid a military imbalance in the Taiwan Strait, the ROC government is calling for the establishment of confidence-building measures (CBMs) and a code of conduct on the one hand, and, on the other hand, has been constructing basic defense forces and counterattack capability to safeguard the territory without engaging in an arms race with the other side.