Taiwan holds live-fire drill on outlying Kinmen island
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) Taiwan held a live-fire drill Tuesday on the outlying island of Kinmen, as part of the country's annual war games to test its combat readiness in the face of China's growing military power.
The drill, conducted by the Kinmen Defense Command in the early hours of Tuesday, simulated an attack by enemy forces on a group of Taiwanese naval supply vessels heading toward Kinmen, which lies just a few kilometers off Xiamen City in southeast China.
The military's artillery and mortar units were deployed to fend off the "opposing forces" and protect the Taiwanese supply ships.
The weapons used in the drill included four 8-inch howitzers, four 155mm cannons, eight 105mm howitzers, six 120mm mortars and six 42mm mortars, which fired a total of 208 shells, the command said.
Commander of Kinmen Defense Command Lt. Gen. Hao Yii-jy (郝以知) said the exercise was held to test the joint capabilities of the artillery units and demonstrate the military's ability to defend Kinmen.
The drill was part of the military's annual Han Kuang exercises, which are being held Monday to Friday to test the capabilities of the country's combat forces.
The Han Kuang exercises are Taiwan's most important war games.
(By Amy Huang and Elaine Hou)
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