The Royal Thai Navy will host the International Fleet Review to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Asean with more than 5,000 commanders and troops from 40 countries participating in the event held at Pattaya Bay of Chon Buri province.
The official opening of the event on Nov 19 will be chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
On Nov 20, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be on board HTMS Thalang to preside over the review of the international fleet in Pattaya Bay. It will be a show of might of 25 ships of various countries including the United States, Cambodia and Myanmar, and 15 Thai ships, 40 in total.
The Thai ships will be led by HTMS Chakrinarubet and HTMS Ang Thong.
A rehearsal of the parade of the international fleet took place on Saturday, Nov 18, with navy chief Admiral Naris Prathumsuwan inspecting the readiness before the real event on Nov 20.
In playing host for the International Fleet Review, the Royal Thai Navy is determined to move toward taking the leading role in maritime security in Asean, supported by the tourism potential of Pattaya.
The parade of ships, or fleet review, is an important event for all navies in the world, to honour important persons and demonstrate good relations between countries.
In the International Fleet Review, like this one in the Pattaya Bay, all ships will move past the main ship with the prime minister on board.
HTMS Thalang, the main ship with Gen Prayut on board, is the Royal Thai Navy's pride showing Thailand's ability to build its own ship although it has gone through mine-sweeping missions for more than 37 years.
Apart from the International Fleet Review, there will also be other world-class competitions such as the Air Race One World Cup Thailand 2017 featuring air sport motors at the U-taphao international airport.
There will also be a meeting of Asean navy commanders with emphasis on new forms of security threats.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)