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USS Theodore Roosevelt docks in Chon Buri

USS Theodore Roosevelt docks in Chon Buri

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a United States Navy aircraft carrier, has arrived at Laem Chabang for a mission of community service in Thailand, aiming to strengthen the bond between the two nations.

Rear Admiral Christopher Alexander, commander of Carrier Strike Group Nine, highlighted the enduring relationship between the United States and Thailand, emphasizing shared values and interests.

“We view opportunities like this port visit as a chance to further enhance our relationship and reinforce its foundation,” he expressed.

Rear Admiral Alexander underscored that the visit to Thailand is part of Carrier Strike Group Nine’s regular operations in the Western Pacific, providing sailors with the chance to engage with the people of Thailand and reaffirming the commitment of the US Navy to collaboration with allies and partners.

“Our presence here ensures readiness to address any regional crises and serves as a deterrent against aggression,” he affirmed, though details about the group’s future movements remained undisclosed.

For 20-year-old Pimpaka Kruthun from Tak province, her time aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been enriching. Having grown up in both Thailand and America, she was drawn to the US Navy by her stepfather’s military service and her fondness for global travel.

“I’ve lived in various places around the world — Japan, Thailand, America — and I’ve found that experience incredibly rewarding,” she shared. “Witnessing the work we do here makes it all worthwhile.”

Returning to Thailand has provided Pimpaka with the chance to reconnect with her roots and family.

Captain Brian Schrum, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, stressed the importance of providing sailors with downtime after prolonged periods at sea. During their stay in Thailand, they are set to engage in community service projects and tours.

Standing 20 stories tall with a 4.5-acre flight deck, the aircraft carrier accommodates 5,400 personnel and carries supplies for up to 90 days. This marks the vessel’s first visit to Thailand since 2018.

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