Members of the garrison undertake a training exercise. (CHEN JIE/FOR CHINA DAILY)
Liu Jun, a soldier in the company, said, "It's quite nerve-racking to drive through the constricted parts, especially when the narrowest road is only 6 centimeters wider than the vehicle."
In addition, to gain the requisite operating skills, the soldiers spared no efforts to consult the manufacturers and other companies in the garrison for advice and guidance.
Within two months, they had not only compiled more than 100 tips and produced three procedural guidebooks, but also devised some extra equipment designed to improve stability while the guns are in operation.
In a test of the garrison's skills in April, the company produced an excellent performance in a range of subjects, including network communications, collection of intelligence and emergency response.
For regular training, the company's soldiers perform a series of drills every week, including the motorization march, command and communication drills, and emergency response, which ensures that they remain highly alert constantly. What's more, the company sets mock fields for the drills in accordance with the likely battleground to strengthen the soldiers' combat abilities.
In the past nearly five years, 38 soldiers have been awarded the title of "Outstanding Warrior" of the company or the garrison. Meanwhile, since the garrison arrived in Hong Kong in 1997, the company has been recognized as an advanced grouping 18 times and as a first-class unit for military exercises 11 times.
"We have earned the trust of Hong Kong residents with our strong, civilized image, good faith and sincere efforts," Fan, the company commander, said.