TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — On Wednesday, July 27, the third day of the 38th annual Han Kuang (漢光演習) military exercise, the army’s Kinmen Defense Command conducted a joint anti-landing operation on Houhu Beach in Kinmen using various types of artillery and light and heavy weapons to carry out live fire exercises.
The operation took place at Houhu Beach at 5:20 a.m. that morning, according to the Department of National Defense (DND). The troops were equipped with 8 inch howitzers, 155 mm howitzers, grenade launchers and other weapons.
First, the artillery units carried out anti-landing craft barrages. This was followed by a counter-attack stage in which various light and heavy weapons were used to concentrate fire on the beach and front line garrison troops used their weapons to provide covering fire.
DND said the purpose of the exercise was to train officers and soldiers to familiarize themselves with battlefield scenarios during combat. The exercise was also designed to test the effectiveness of command communication, combat training and logistical support, and to ensure the effective use of joint combat power to “create a force of invincible steel to protect our beautiful home together”.
Officers and soldiers inspect ammunition before firing. (Photo military news agency)
8-inch howitzers firing towards simulated enemy ships. (Photo military news agency)
8 inch howitzer firing. (Photo military news agency)
Several 155 mm howitzers firing in unison. (Photo military news agency)
Soldier firing a 40mm grenade launcher. (Photo military news agency)