Thai Training Commander welcomes close cooperation
| Fadhil Yunus |
The Commander of the Royal Thai Naval Academy Sea Training Unit 2013, Radm Sucheep Whoungmaitree welcomed the close cooperation and partnership between Brunei and Thailand and also expressed his hopes that their brief stay would further enhance the people-to-people ties as well as bilateral relations between both countries.
The Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa bin Hj Sirat last night attended a welcoming reception by the Royal Thai Navy Academy Sea Training Unit 2013 on board the HTMS Pattani, which was berthed at the Muara Naval Base.
The Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa bin Hj Sirat (L) and Apichart Phetcharatana, Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam at the welcoming reception held on board the HTMS Pattani last night. FADHIL YUNUS
Also present was Mr Apichart Phetcharatana, Ambassador of Thailand to Brunei Darussalam and other members of the diplomatic community.
Among the highlights of the event was a souvenir presentation by the commander to Dato Paduka Hj Mustappa.
Two other naval fleets, HTMS Chaopraya (FF- 455) and HTMS Bangpakong are also docked in Muara.
As part of the visit, Rear Admiral Sucheep Whoungmaitree paid courtesy calls to Major General Dato Paduka Seri Hj Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Hj Abidin, Commander of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, and First Admiral Dato Seri Pahlawan Hj Abdul Halim bin Hj Mohd Hanifah, Commander of the Royal Brunei Navy
Earlier, the arrival of the Royal Thai Navy Academy Sea Training Unit was greeted by Colonel (L) Pg Norazmi bin Pg Hj Muhammad, the Deputy Commander of Royal Brunei Navy.
Also present on behalf of the Thai delegation was Pogkrong Monthardpalin, Thailand Naval Military Attaché based in Kuala Lumpur.
A total of 759 personnel are currently undergoing, or in some capacity involved in, a two- month training programme with the requirement of completing a distance of 8,280 miles, spanning 552 hours and five ports of call including Hong Kong, Manila, Brunei, Surabaya, Port Klang and Singapore.