Navy to play war games through May

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The Royal Thai Navy will spend most of the next two months playing war games, much of the time with live ammunition.
The Royal Thai Navy will spend most of the next two months playing war games, much of the time with live ammunition.

The Royal Thai Navy will spend most of the next two months playing war games.

Navy commander-in-chief Adm. Naris Pratumsuwan announced the March 12-May 3 military exercises at the Air and Coastal Defense Command in Sattahip.

The exercises, which at times will play out with the Royal Thai Army and Air Force, is an annual affair to integrate internal military drills to develop combat readiness by using its existing resources for the most efficiency of the Command, Combat Support Service and Education divisions.

The war games will include tests of military planning processes, using forces and tactical planning, and coordination with the Thailand Maritime Enforcement Coordination Center under normal conditions and low-level conflict situations.

The first phase will run from March 12-23 and will cover maritime law enforcement, humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation. From March 26-30, forces will drill around the clock.

From April 16-May 3, war games will include the army and air force in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea according to Strategic Naval Battle Plan and Strategic Air Combat Plan.

These drills will include use of live ammunition, automatic grenade launchers and 10 navy ships, as well as navy and air force planes and helicopters.