Navy accidentally fires missiles towards China!


#21

She has no option. Serious failure on her part.[/quote]
Yup. She was on the ship and pressed the button herself. :unamused:


#22

She has no option. Serious failure on her part.[/quote]
Yup. She was on the ship and pressed the button herself. :unamused:[/quote]
Just what happens when you put a single woman in charge.


#23

Tsai Ing-wen also retrospectively built Taoyuan Airport and is responsible for the recent floodings.


#24

It’s no secret that the Taiwan military is one of the last strongholds of KMT corruption, and like any corrupt organization, standards become lax as the people focus more on maintaining power than doing the job they are supposed to be doing.

As Chu Ping-tzu, an associate professor of Chinese literature at National Tsing Hua University notes:

It’s incumbent on Tsai Ing-Wen to take on the ingrained corruption of these institutions and root it out. That’s a massive task, but a critical one for Taiwan’s future. She has a huge political mandate - i hope she doesn’t waste it.


#25

The captain of the military ship was in a meeting, hence he says he is not responsible.

The “explanation” given is that one individual and one individual only was not following SOP and just that one guy who pressed the button is responsible.

Imagine if he was a terrorist. Someone with an active agenda to mess up things at least. Or deadly intentions. So easy. Just push a button.

But yeah, that doesn’t happen in Taiwan. No way. (I am being sarcastic)

Sigh.


#26

Well, at least we know it works if the PLA comes.


#27

Yeah, but we always counted on theirs not hitting the target. Seems ours can’t either.


#28

[quote=“Icon”]The captain of the military ship was in a meeting, hence he says he is not responsible.

The “explanation” given is that one individual and one individual only was not following SOP and just that one guy who pressed the button is responsible.

Imagine if he was a terrorist. Someone with an active agenda to mess up things at least. Or deadly intentions. So easy. Just push a button.

But yeah, that doesn’t happen in Taiwan. No way. (I am being sarcastic)

Sigh.[/quote]

The old ‘lone gunman’ spin. Apart from questions of supervision (the Captain was ‘in a meeting’ during a live fire exercise?) and training, there’s the question of how on earth did that guy get promoted to sergent? He’s obviously a total idiot. From what i understand with the police force in Taidong at least, promotion has got very little to do with your ability and a lot to do with old boy networks and showing you’re prepared to play the game.

I don’t know, actually, if that’s what goes on in the military, but this all needs to be investigated.


#29

Now they are looking for the warhead.

focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201607020013.aspx?

“As the warhead of the Hsiung Feng III supersonic missile could contain confidential or high-tech information, the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology under the Ministry of National Defense has made the assessment that the military should find the missile and retrieve it from the sea, the source said.”

More strange twists or distractions, or conspiracies?

“Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan, who visited the relatives of the victim Saturday morning, said the investigation would also include a look at a Facebook message by opposition Kuomintang policy chief Alex Tsai. The politician was one of the first to reveal the incident to the public, writing that “a Chinchiang-class corvette reportedly mistakenly fired a Hsiung Feng III missile.” The message has given rise to online speculation that the firing was a plot to make President Tsai Ing-wen look bad, or even to provide China with information about the effectiveness of the missile.”

taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c … id=2946132


#30

There’s a lot of misinformation about this incident, and the ‘fired towards China’ angle is a product of some foreign correspondent working for one of the big international media organizations. It’s completely false.

The target for the missile was simulated target near Penghu, around 1.9km from the fishing boat that was struck.

The trajectory of the missile was Kaohsiung to Penghu, so how does that add up to ‘towards China’?


#31

It’s the chain of command and the president is at the top of that command. We should expect no less of any President of the ROC.


#32

Trump did it.


#33

Had this happened under President Ma, you can be sure he would have been blamed by quite a few people on Forumosa.
After all, people here blame President Ma for Typhoon Morakot and selling out Taiwan (whereas Taiwanese buying cheap Made in China products and flying Mainland Chinese airlines do not get blamed … ).


#34

need two keys (one captain’s one weapon officer’s) both turned at the same time
the petty officer supposedly press the red button has been on the job for 3 years and is no rookie.
the same petty officer also set the coordinates himself, and he claimed he set it randomly.

And while he pressed the button, everybody else on the ship left the scene going into a meeting.

All indications point to an intentional act of more than one person.


#35

Is that something you seen in a movie?


#36

Is that something you seen in a movie?[/quote]
No. But an anti-ship missile misfired by a sleepy seaman is something you see in a movie.


#37

Had this happened under President Ma, you can be sure he would have been blamed by quite a few people on Forumosa.[/quote]

I agree. On this score, Ma has an umblemished record - he was in power for 8 years and never fired a shot.


#38

Is that something you seen in a movie?[/quote]

"The MND said the missile could be operated and launched by a single person, but the launch has to be closely monitored by the weapons officer and firing-control petty officer.

The petty officer, Kao Chi-chun, who misfired the missile, was alone during a training session with the system. During mock firing he selected the wrong mode for the system, switching on the battle mode instead of the training mode, the MND said."


#39

It “could” be fired by one person because how else do you explain your way out of the fact that nobody else except that petty officer was in the room at 8:10am?


#40

Had this happened under President Ma, you can be sure he would have been blamed by quite a few people on Forumosa.[/quote]

I agree. On this score, Ma has an umblemished record - he was in power for 8 years and never fired a shot.[/quote]

Had this happened under President Chen, you would blame him too.