Navy runs 37-gun artillery drill in Sattahip

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Nearly 2,000 Royal Thai Navy personnel practiced target shooting with cannons and anti-aircraft guns during an Air and Coastal Defense Command exercise in Sattahip.

Capt. Paisan Meesree led the May 29 drill at the Thungprong Firing Range that employed large and mid-sized cannons, curved- and flat-trajectory shells, and anti-aircraft guns.

Soldiers practice firing their big guns during the annual Air and Coastal Defense Command exercise in Sattahip.Soldiers practice firing their big guns during the annual Air and Coastal Defense Command exercise in Sattahip.

The eighteen 37mm anti-aircraft guns, four 40/70mm anti-aircraft guns, three 40/60 anti-aircraft guns, eight 155mm cannons and four 130mm cannons were manned by 1,927 sailors.

The drill is held annually to maintain Thailand’s readiness to handle any military threat to the sovereignty of the kingdom.

The slogan for the exercises is “We fight like how we train.”