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First official day of Sino-Thai naval exercises started today

First official day of Sino-Thai naval exercises started today

The annual Sino-Thai joint naval exercises in Chonburi province began today and China sent a submarine to participate.
Blue Strike 2023, which began informally last Friday at the Sattahip Naval Base, was formally launched on Sunday.

Ambassador Han Zhiqiang of China and Admiral Choengchai Chomchoengpaet of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) co-chaired the opening ceremony. Until September 10th, the navy will hold training exercises.

Marine Corps Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Chen Weidong of the Chinese Navy was also on hand for the opening ceremony.

The RTA stated that it wanted to improve relations with China through the naval operation.

This year’s combined exercises will train Thai naval officers on Chinese submarines while simultaneously focusing on disaster response and humanitarian aid.

In charge of the Thai contingent is Rear Admiral Arpha Chapanon, head of the commando carrier fleet, while Rear Admiral Chen will lead the Chinese navy contingent.
RTN has sent 1,553 navy officers to participate in the exercises; the vessels, vehicles, and personnel involved in the wargame include the HTMS Chang, HTMS Naresuan, HTMS Angthong, and HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej.

CNS Simingshan (989), CNS Anyang, CNS Chaochu, and CNS Chang Cheng, along with 953 naval officers, have been assigned to participate in the drills.


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