The vortex of Asia centering on China rises in tension more and more with each passing day.  In this case, the US has Special Forces troops in the country of Taiwan.  In recent weeks, Communist China has made forays into Taiwan’s airspace.  More likely, the trespassers were testing radar capabilities and checking out the island’s defensive response time.

Citing US officials with knowledge of the program, the report details that “About two dozen members of U.S. special-operations and support troops are conducting training for small units of Taiwan’s ground forces,” and that “The U.S. Marines are working with local maritime forces on small-boat training.” It’s the first such openly confirmed US training deployment in support of local forces since 1979. Taiwan media previously reported it, but this is the first time US officials are providing confirmation.

In 2020 Taiwan local media had noted the Pentagon expressly denied the presence of US Marine Raiders (a recently re-established Marine special ops group). One report said at the time:

Pentagon spokesman John Supple has told Taiwan News that “The reports about U.S. Marines in Taiwan are inaccurate” but did not elaborate on which details were incorrectly reported.

Taiwan officials have previously used terms like “fortress” and “porcupine strategy” to describe the level of readiness the island is hoping to achieve in order to stave off any future Chinese military threat. Taipei has also recently approved a nearly $9 billion boost in arms and defense modernization spending amid near daily PLA aerial incursions of its defense identification zone.

Interesting enough.  Marine Raiders – a famed WW2 outfit  – were reactivated recently in the US Armed Forces.  Check it out here:

  • The Marine Raiders are special operations forces originally established by the United States Marine Corps during World War II to conduct amphibious light infantry warfare. “Edson’s” Raiders of 1st Marine Raider Battalion and “Carlson’s” Raiders of 2nd Marine Raider Battalion are said to have been the first United States special operations forces to form and see combat during World War II.
  • Four Raider battalions served operationally but all were disbanded on 8 January 1944, when the Marine Corps made the doctrinal decision that the Raiders had outlived their original mission. The changing nature of the war in the Pacific, with many large-scale amphibious assaults to come against well-defended islands, negated the requirements for small light units that could strike deep into enemy territory.

 

  • Admiral Chester Nimitz, requested “commando units” for raids against lightly defended Japanese-held islands. The commandant selected the term “Raiders” and created two battalions. The 1st Raider Battalion was activated on 16 February 1942, followed by the 2nd Raider Battalion on 19 February. Carlson was given a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel and placed in command of the 2nd Raiders, and Lt. Col. (later, Major General) Merritt A. “Red Mike” Edson, command of the 1st.

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