American marines participating in the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise took a day off from the war games for fun and games at two Pattaya-area schools.
American embassy representative Busabonglawan Pattaro and Sr. Chief Petty Officer Guy Gress led the marines from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in the sports and activities at Banglamung and Thanapornwittaya schools May 30.
They were warmly welcomed by teachers, staffers and students, who enjoyed singing and playing instruments and games.
The marines, based at the Sattahip Naval Base for the CARAT exercise, spend part of their time visiting local neighborhoods and schools to support recreational activities.
The marines also joined the children in playing various sports and helped them study.
CARAT exercise events cover a broad range of naval skill areas and disciplines including surface, undersea, air, and amphibious warfare; maritime security operations; riverine, jungle, and explosive ordnance disposal operations; combat construction; diving and salvage; search and rescue; maritime patrol and reconnaissance aviation; maritime domain awareness; military law, public affairs and military medicine; and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
Photos released courtesy of U.S. Navy, by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner and Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis.