Tungyin Defense Command
Army Dongyin Area Command originated from the guerrillas in Zhejiang Fujian and Guangdong which became to the two commands in Kinmen and Dachen. In 1955, they were reorganized into two corps which belonged to the Army Headquarter set up the main headquarter in Taipei’s Yuanshan area. After finishing the training in Penghu, the two corps quickly moved into Dongyin and Wuqiu at the end of the year and were taken over by Navy Headquarter. In 1960, it returned to Army and“ Army Anti-communist National Defense Command” was formally established in Dongyin. According to the ROC Armed Troops Refining Program, it was reorganized into the 195th infantry brigade on 1st October, 1998.Due to the second stage of Jingjin Program, it renamed“ Army Dongyin Area Command” on 1st November 2006. After that, it has not been changed until now. Due to ROC Armed Forces reorganization in 2006, the title of the Corps has renamed as “Army Dongyin Area Command.”
Tungyin Island is located 145km northwest of Keelung port. The Matsu Islands are comprised of Hsijiu, Tungjiu, Nangan, Beigan, Gaudeng, Dachiu, Hsiaochiu, Liangdau, Shiyin, Tungyin, and a few small islets located near Minjian, Lianjian, and Luoyuan Wan, Fujian Province, China. In Tungyin one will find fantastic rock formations and the Tungyin branch of the Matsu Distillery. The Tungyin coastline is an especially renowned spot because of the size of the fish that have been caught there. It is also a very beautiful coastline.
Tungyin Defense Commandis comprised of one infantry brigades and also has one company from the 101st Amphibious Reconnaisance Battalion.
Tungyin used to be the headquarters of the army's "Anti-communist and Country Salvation Corps" for nearly four decades. The corps was deactivated in 1998 as part of the services-wide "Ching Shih" personnel streamlining project.
In March 2000 mainland fishermen were reported to have surrounded the Tungyin islet with metal ships, after the government considered liberalizing the "small three direct links" for Kinmen and Matsu.
In March 2001 it was reported that up to 50 Tien Chi missiles had been deployed at two sites: Tungyin Island, and an unidentified second location. Those on Tungyin Island were said to be housed in silos and protected by batteries of Tien Kung 2 SAMs.
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