Taiwanese Navy visits Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

Taiwenese Navy Marching BandThe 2013 Midshipmen Cruising and Training Squadron of the Republic of China-Taiwan’s Navy was in Belize from Sunday, April 28th, to Tuesday, April 30th. Officers of the squadron put on a show for local government officials and students at the MCC Grounds on Monday, April 29th.

Before the officers wowed the crowd, they were welcomed to Belize by the Mayor of Belize City, Darrel Bradley. Mayor Bradley said, “I say to you Huan elee tow, Belize. It is my pleasure to welcome you to our shores and to extend to you our warm Belizean hospitality. I trust that your stay here will be marked with warm memories and extensions of well wishes." Immediately following the brief welcome ceremony, the Guards of Honour marched onto the field. They carried the flags of the Republic of China-Taiwan, Belize and the Navy. Their presentation was impressive as they showcased numerous formations as an extremely cohesive rifle unit, while the leader had the young students gasping at every throw of his sword. The Guards of Honour then gave way to the marching band. They were equally impressive. They made the “X”, “V” and “Diamond” formations while playing music popular all over the world. Perhaps the most memorable presentation however, was that of the Chi-kwon-do team. They made demonstrations of brick breaking techniques with the fist and palm of the hand. They also executed some acrobatic attacks in which they shattered sheets of wood with their feet, heels, fists and even fingers. The 2013 Midshipmen Cruising and Training Squadron treated everyone in attendance to a very entertaining afternoon.

The squadron is led by Rear Admiral Commander Li, Shih-Chiang. The purpose of the visit to Belize is to strengthen the bilateral friendship between the two countries. During the visit, Rear Admiral Li visited the Belize National Coast Guard and the Belize Defense Force. Brigadier General David Jones, Commander of the Belize Defence Force, hosted a welcome luncheon for Rear Admiral Li and the commanding officers of the Squadron. In addition to Belize, the Squadron will also visit Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Dominican Republic on its tour of Central America and the Caribbean.