Military choppers land at defense ministry’s compound

The China Post
Date: February 18, 2017
By: Joseph Yeh

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Two military helicopters landed at the Ministry of National Defense headquarters in

A military helicopter lands at the Defense Ministry compound in Taipei’s Dazhi area on Friday, Feb. 17. (Photo courtesy of Military News Agency)

Taipei for the first time as part of an exercise to test the military’s combat readiness and emergency response measures, the military said Friday.

The drill held early Friday saw one Naval anti-submarine S-70C helicopter and an Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter land at 7:15 a.m. on a helicopter pad at the compound in Taipei’s Dazhi area. The two helicopters departed from the nearby Taipei Songshan Air Base on 6:50 a.m., the defense ministry said in a released statement.

The drill was meant to test combat readiness of the armed forces and response measures in case of emergency, ministry noted.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily said the drill was also meant to test the emergency evacuation and escape protocols to keep the president safe in the event of a national crisis. The R.O.C. president would be taken to a safe house on board a UH-60M Black Hawk.    [FULL  STORY]

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