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Taiwan Navy patrol boat mistakenly fires SSM, destroying fishing boat- July 2016


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A tragic mistake that ensured someone's career in the ROCN/Taiwanese Navy just ended:

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Taiwan Anti-Ship Missile Destroys Fishing Boat
Wendell Minnick, Defense News 11:06 a.m. EDT July 1, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s Navy mistakenly fired a supersonic Hsiung Feng III (Brave Wind) anti-ship missile, with a live warhead, striking a Taiwanese fishing boat and killing the captain.

Three others were injured from the missile's collision, which was launched from a 500-ton Ching Chiang-class guided-missile patrol vessel during a missile exercise in Zuoying naval port in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

The PGG-610 Chin Jiang fired the missile by accident at 8:20 a.m. on July 1, after an enlistee on the vessel violated standard operating procedure and switched the simulation mode to combat mode, said a Ministry of National Defense (MND) source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.