U.S. marines visit 2 Pattaya-area schools

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The U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs at the Child Protection and Development Center in Chonburi June 3. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner
The U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs at the Child Protection and Development Center in Chonburi June 3. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner

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.

Musician Second Class Holden Moyer from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet Band “Orient Express” sings to children at Ban Banglamung School as part of a community relations event CARAT 2017.
Musician Second Class Holden Moyer from the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet Band “Orient Express” sings to children at Ban Banglamung School as part of a community relations event CARAT 2017.
Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) play basketball with children at Ban Banglamung School.
Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) play basketball with children at Ban Banglamung School.
Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) play basketball with children at Ban Banglamung School.
Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) play basketball with children at Ban Banglamung School.
Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) play soccer with children at Ban Banglamung School.
Sailors assigned to littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) play soccer with children at Ban Banglamung School.
Navy Musician 1st Class Stephen Hux, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, jams out during a performance at Pattaya City School No. 8 l as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 in Pattaya, June 2.
Navy Musician 1st Class Stephen Hux, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, jams out during a performance at Pattaya City School No. 8 l as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 in Pattaya, June 2.
Navy Musician 2nd Class Mark Lame, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, jams out during a performance at Pattaya City No. 8 School June 2.
Navy Musician 2nd Class Mark Lame, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, jams out during a performance at Pattaya City No. 8 School June 2.
Navy Musician 2nd Class Daniel Park, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs at the Child Protection and Development Center in Chonburi, June 3.
Navy Musician 2nd Class Daniel Park, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs at the Child Protection and Development Center in Chonburi, June 3.
Navy Musician 2nd Class Daniel Park, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, jams out during a performance at Pattaya City School No. 8 June 2.
Navy Musician 2nd Class Daniel Park, of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, jams out during a performance at Pattaya City School No. 8 June 2.
Children from local schools prepare for a tour aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4).
Children from local schools prepare for a tour aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4).
Sailors aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) help children inside an MH-60S Seahawk.
Sailors aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) help children inside an MH-60S Seahawk.
A child from a local school climbs in the Captain’s chair on the bridge wing aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4).
A child from a local school climbs in the Captain’s chair on the bridge wing aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4).
Sailors lead a tour for children from local schools aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand.
Sailors lead a tour for children from local schools aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand.
Sailors aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) interact with children onboard the ship as part of a tour during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand.
Sailors aboard littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4) interact with children onboard the ship as part of a tour during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand.
The U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs for a packed house of children at Banntunggard School during a community outreach event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 May 31.
The U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, performs for a packed house of children at Banntunggard School during a community outreach event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 May 31.
Sailors attached to USS Coronado (LCS 4) watch a performance of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, with children from Banntunggard School.
Sailors attached to USS Coronado (LCS 4) watch a performance of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express, with children from Banntunggard School.
Sailors attached to USS Coronado (LCS 4) play tug-of-war with children from Banntunggard School during a community outreach event May 31.
Sailors attached to USS Coronado (LCS 4) play tug-of-war with children from Banntunggard School during a community outreach event May 31.
Capt. Alexis Walker, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7, uses an app on his cellular phone to communicate with children from Banntunggard School.
Capt. Alexis Walker, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7, uses an app on his cellular phone to communicate with children from Banntunggard School.
Lt. j.g. Erin Bacon plays duck-duck-goose with children from Banntunggard School May 31.
Lt. j.g. Erin Bacon plays duck-duck-goose with children from Banntunggard School May 31.
Sailors attached to USS Coronado (LCS 4) play soccer with children from Banntunggard School during a community outreach event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 May 31.
Sailors attached to USS Coronado (LCS 4) play soccer with children from Banntunggard School during a community outreach event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 May 31.
Capt. Alexis Walker, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7, raises a school child onto his shoulders from Banntunggard School during a community outreach event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 May 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner
Capt. Alexis Walker, Deputy Commander, Destroyer Squadron 7, raises a school child onto his shoulders from Banntunggard School during a community outreach event as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2017 May 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Micah Blechner