2017 International Fleet Review Underway In Pattaya
Thailand is hosting a parade of Southeast Asia’s naval firepower today as warships from the region gather for the first time for a fleet review aimed at celebrating 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), organisers said.
More than 40 modern ships, including 26 from the Southeast Asian region, are on display today for the International Fleet Review around Pattaya Bay in Chonburi province, 84 km (53 miles) southeast of Bangkok, event officials said.
“This is the first time that navies from 10 ASEAN countries would gather for a multilateral exercise,” Adm. Luechai Ruddit, deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy told a news conference last week. “This is a very important exercise to learn and get to know each other.”
Battleships representing the United States, Russia, China and South Korea are also participating, organisers said.
ASEAN, which recorded U.S. $2.2 trillion in regional trade last year, was formed in Bangkok on August 8th, 1967 with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand as founding members. It has since expanded to include Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
The fleet review highlights the 10-day naval event that began on November 13th and will include bilateral meetings of ASEAN naval commanders, during which officials will share ideas on improving capabilities and discuss regional security threats.
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