New special ops bases to cost NT$1.1bn

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Taipei Times
Date: Oct 02, 2018
By: Aaron Tu and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer and CNA

A navy Cheng Kung-class frigate, serial number PFG-1112, is pictured in Kaohsiung on May 13 last year.  Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Taipei Times

The Ministry of National Defense plans to spend more than NT$1.1 billion (US$36 million) to build three special operations and counterterrorism bases over three years for use by the navy and the military police, the ministry’s budget for next year showed.

The navy is to build a multifunctional special operations training base for NT$698.04 million and a maritime special operations training base for NT$134.25 million, while NT$269.21 million has been reserved for a joint special operations training base for the military police, the document said.

The multifunctional base, which is to be equipped with computers that can simulate training scenarios, is slated for use by the Special Service Squadron of the marine corps’ Amphibious Reconnaissance and Patrol Unit, it said.

The program is to have a NT$11.42 million budget next year and base construction should be completed in 2022, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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