Navy pitches 2017 ASEAN fleet show to Pattaya council

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A Royal Thai Navy official made his official pitch for Pattaya to host a 2017 boat show featuring naval vessels from Thailand’s Southeast Asian neighbors.

Adm. Poldej Charoenpol, a special advisor to Sattahip Naval Base, made his presentation to the Pattaya City Council and area business and tourism leaders Jan. 17.

The admiral said an International Navy Fleet Show in Pattaya Bay in November 2017 would draw tourists to the city and allow foreign countries to showcase their naval capabilities and promote their countries.

(L to R) Admiral Poldej Charoenpol, special advisor to the Royal Thai Navy Fleet, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, and Chanatpong Sriwiset, Pattaya deputy secretary, head the table during recent discussions about the possibility of an ASEAN Navy Fleet Show in November 2017.(L to R) Admiral Poldej Charoenpol, special advisor to the Royal Thai Navy Fleet, Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, and Chanatpong Sriwiset, Pattaya deputy secretary, head the table during recent discussions about the possibility of an ASEAN Navy Fleet Show in November 2017.

It would also be a great occasion to celebrate Thailand’s 50 years of membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and could be done annually.

Poldej proposed Nov. 13-22 for the exhibition. In addition to a display of ships, activities could include practice drills, meetings between foreign naval forces, exhibitions, parades and seminars on naval history.

Benefits of the event include strengthening three main pillars of ASEAN according to government policy: Political stability, economics and culture, he said.  It will also be a great opportunity to strengthen the relationship between all participating countries and exchange experiences as well.