9 Non-ASEAN member nations join ASEAN navies in first-ever multilateral naval exercise in Thailand

The Philippine Navy’s largest vessel, BRP Tarlac together with the BRP Gregorio del Pilar took part in the first-ever multilateral naval exercise conducted by ASEAN held in Pattaya, Chon Buri province.

To prove the harmony of international navies, the Royal Thai Navy as host has combined three significant events into a single one under the Rubric of the International fleet review: specifically, the International Fleet Review 2017, the first ASEAN Multilateral Naval Exercise or the first AMNEX 2017 and the 11th ASEAN Navy Chief’s meeting.

On Sunday, crews from all 10 ASEAN member states and 9 non-ASEAN countries participated in the naval drills joined operations demonstrations and international navies city parade which was witnessed by the public at Pattaya beach, Thailand.

The Philippine Navy’s participation in the AMNEX 2017 aimed to convey the command’s commitment to developing maritime operational capability to increase readiness and interoperability and strengthen the relationship among regional and extra-regional navies.

Meanwhile, the Filipino community in Thailand in cooperation with the Philippine Navy and marines staged a concert for a cause entitled “Rebuilding Marawi” last Saturday.

“Sa pamamagitan ng pag-perform para sa ating mga kababayan na hindi masyadong sinuwerte sa Marawi so napakalaking tulong sa inyong Phil. Navy na ang Fil Community dito sa Thailand ay nag-organize ng ganito (By performing for our fellow Filipinos who were not as lucky in Marawi, it is a big help to the Philippine Navy that the Filipino community in Thailand organized this),” Philippine Marines Msgt. Ramil Baile said.

Organizers provided free transportation from different points of Bangkok, Pattaya, and Rayong to the venue. Filipino delicacies were also served during the concert.

The affair also gave the Filipinos in Thailand a chance to interact with our Filipino soldiers who supported our troops in Marawi.

“Wherever our Philippine Navy goes, binigbigyan natin ang kasiyahan sa ating mga kababayan, dahil alam naming na namimis nyo na rin ang mga balita, lalo na ang makipagfellowship sa ating mga kakababayan lalo na sa ating mga navy at marine,” Fleet Marine Ready Force Commander Commodore Albert Mogol said.

(We give happiness to our fellow Filipinos because we know they would like to know what’s new in the Philippines and they miss the fellowship with our compatriots, especially our navy and marine.)

The Philippine Navy contingent will remain in Thailand on the course of the naval exercises until Wednesday, November 22.

“Sa mga kababayan nating Filipino dito sa Thailand, dapat nating ipagmalaki ang gating bansa kahit saan tayo mapunta(To or fellow Filipinos in Thailand, you should always be proud of your country wherever you go). Gaya ng ginagawa ng ating (just like with the)Philippine Navy, wherever our Navy is we always carry our flag. We are proud,” Mogol said   – Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue

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