UH-1H直升機服役50年除役 交棒黑鷹直升機 | UH-1H helicopters decommissioned, UH-60 Black Hawks ready for service

【看英文中國郵報學英文】陸軍於昨(30)日在台中龍祥基地舉行「UH-60M直升機全作戰能力成軍暨UH-1H直升機除役典禮」,將最後保留的六架UH-1H通用直升機全部除役,由UH-60M黑鷹直升機機替任務。

Taiwan’s military officially decommissioned its last six UH-1H utility helicopters and handed over their responsibilities to a fleet of UH-60M Black Hawk choppers bought from the United States in a ceremony held Wednesday at a Taichung military base.

在台服務了半世紀,UH-1H肩負許多任務,包括對地攻擊、救災任務及人道救援等。

The UH-1Hs have been in service for nearly five decades. They have performed well in both military exercises and during disaster relief and humanitarian rescue missions, Army Commander General Chen Po-yu (陳寶餘) said.

陸軍司令陳寶餘表示,UH-1H服役50年執行各項任務,共派遣300餘萬架次,總飛行時數達700餘萬小時。部分除役的UH-1H直升機移交空軍與國內各航技修護學校作教學用途。。

The choppers had logged a total of seven million flying hours in three million sorties, Chen added, stressing that they will be handed over to the Air Force and aviation academies for educational purposes.

陳寶餘說道,921大地震時,UH-1H深入災區救援,共飛行1741架次,救援300多位受困同胞。

Among other highlights, the retired choppers saved more than 300 people who were trapped in the mountains after the Jiji earthquake (集集大地震) in 1999, he continued

而88風災時同樣深入小林村、納瑪夏等災區,執行4105架次任務,運補10萬多加侖油料,並撤離災民2176人。

Moreover, when Typhoon Morakot (莫拉克颱風) hit Taiwan in the summer of 2008, causing mass floods and killed hundreds of people, Bell UH-1H helicopters also helped evacuate more 2,176 people from the affected area.

陸軍UH-1H直升機,由航空工業發展中心(漢翔前身)於1969年與美國貝爾公司合作,以授權方式共製造118架,陸軍主要用來擔任空中突擊作戰、物資補給、醫療後送及救援等任務。

According to the military, the UH-1Hs were a joint product licensed by U.S-based Bell Helicopter to the Taiwan government-funded Taichung-based Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) in March 1969.

The first helicopters entered in service the following year and 118 choppers were built locally between 1970 and 1976.

而2010年,台灣向美國購買60架UH-60M黑鷹直升機,價值約31億。台灣目前已收到超過30架。

The U.S. government sold a total of 60 UH-60M Black Hawks in 2010, worth a total of US$3.1 billion. Taiwan has so far taken delivery of more than half of them.

軍方像中央社透漏,部分除役UH-1H會轉贈我國唯一的非洲友邦史瓦帝尼(史瓦濟蘭)王國。

A military source told CNA that some of them will also be sent to Taiwan’s only diplomatic ally in Africa, eSwatini.

台灣之前已經將九架UH-1H贈與邦交國,包括巴拉圭、宏都拉斯、瓜地馬拉及布吉納法索。布吉納法索在去年五月與台灣斷交。

Taiwan has previously given away nine UH-1Hs to a number of the nation’s allies, including Paraguay, Honduras, Guatemala and Burkina Faso. The latter cut ties with Taiwan in May 2018.

The China Post staff with CNA