Taiwan’s maritime patrol changeover

Roy Choo and Peter Ho detail the withdrawal of the Taiwanese Tracker as the P-3 Orion is declared ready for duty.

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S-2T serial 2220 during its final flying display at Pingtung North Air Base in southern Taiwan.

The Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) withdrew its final operational S-2T Tracker and declared its fleet of 12 P-3C Orions fully operational in a ceremony witnessed by President Tsai Ing-wen at Pingtung North Air Base on December 1, 2017. The S-2T, serial 2220, returned from its last sortie and was greeted by a water cannon salute, bringing an end to the type’s 50-year career with the Taiwanese military.

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