West Point, UNITED STATES: A US Army Special Forces Ranger attends a class on combatting terrorism 30 March 2007 at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. The class is one of several offered in the war on terrorism. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (Agencies): In an unprecedented move signaling a significant enhancement in Taiwan-U.S. defense cooperation, the United States has taken the historic step of permanently stationing special forces in Taiwan. The 1st Special Forces Group, commonly known as the Green Berets, will be stationed at Army amphibious bases in Kinmen and Penghu, conducting continuous training missions on the island.

Since last year, U.S. special forces have actively assisted Taiwan’s special forces in mastering the operation of the Black Hornet Nano, a military micro unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Additionally, they have contributed to the development of operational guidelines and instructional materials for this cutting-edge technology.

This deployment underscores the commitment of both nations to bolstering Taiwan’s defense capabilities. The presence of American special forces aims to enhance readiness, counteract potential threats, and strengthen the island’s security posture.

While civilian officials are not currently stationed in Taiwan, the U.S. military’s Special Operations Forces Liaison Element (SOFLE) is proactively expanding its training program on the island. This includes deploying three-person teams from the Army Green Berets to serve as resident training observers.

Taiwan’s security landscape has entered a new era with this historic deployment, and the close partnership between the United States and Taiwan remains steadfast, emphasizing their joint commitment to reinforcing Taiwan’s defense capabilities.

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