Thailand, China to launch joint naval drill

Thailand, China to launch joint naval drill

MORE than 400 officers and soldiers from China and Thailand attended the opening ceremony of the “Blue Strike 2023” joint naval training earlier this week.

The annual drill will start on Sunday, September 10, in the Upper Gulf of Thailand and a marine camp in Sattahip District in Chon Buri Province.

The joint military exercise aims to exchange naval knowledge, perform naval operations, and strengthen military ties to address regional security threats.

Thai Navy officers welcomed the arrival of Chinese ships at the military site.

The Chinese naval task force deployed a submarine, an amphibious dock landing ship, a guided-missile frigate, and a comprehensive supply ship.

“Blue Strike 2023” marks the 5th joint training by the navies of both countries since the military exercise started in 2010.

Chinese and Thai militaries also held the falcon strike-2023 joint air combat drill in Thailand in July, which lasted 21 days.

The drill comes six months after the United States and Thailand kicked off Cobra Gold 2023 military exercises– the largest annual military exercise in Southeast Asia–attended by nearly 10,000 troops in February.

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