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26 June 2010 :: 11:06:18 am 27442

Thailand Join RIMPAC Naval “War Games” with Malaysia

Thailand and Malaysia have, for the first time, joined in the major US-led exercise in the Pacific Ocean known as RIMPAC or Rim of the Pacific Exercise.
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Thailand, the 26the June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Being billed as the world’s largest international maritime “war games”, the biennial RIMPAC operation, kick-off on Wednesday and will be ongoing for the next six-weeks. The exercise involving over 20,000 naval personnel has been held since 1971.

Along with the US, Thailand and Malaysia, Columbia and France are also involved in this year’s operation for the first time. Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Holland, Peru, Mexico, Singapore, United Kingdom, Russia and South Korea have also been engaged to take part in RIMPAC after their participation in previous years. This year’s exercise involves more than 150 aircraft, 34 ships and 5 submarines. Brazil, India and New Zealand are stated to be observing the six-week operation.

The aim of the operation, according to US Naval Captain Paul McKeon is “to allow these new participants to be able to very quickly become part of a multinational organization in the event of a short-notice, real-world crisis event, whether it’s hostilities or if it’s a natural or man-made event,”

Thailand, being one of the United States longest standing allies, has decided to participate this year following its recent hosting of the “Cobra Gold” Asia-based “war games” exercises. Malaysia, who have strengthened diplomatic ties with the US since Barack Obama took office have also decided to participate.

Cpt. McKeon revealed that the exercises would include operations of counter-piracy, emergency response and naval battle tactics and procedures. No indication as to whether the operations were structured around the ongoing crisis on the Korean peninsula or various other tense diplomatic situations was given.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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