KOCHI: Three ships belonging to the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) arrived on a three-day visit here on Tuesday. The vessels - HTMS Bangpakong, HTMS Makutrajakumaran and HTMS Pattani - are commanded by Captain Niwat Jitpoolphol, Commander Nattapon Sungkitboon and Commander Banchong Natewang, respectively.
Rear Admiral Sompong Poowiang, Chief of Staff at the RTN Academy and presently the Commanding Officer of RTN Cadet Training Unit, is part of the visiting RTN team along with 381 naval cadets from the Academy. On Wednesday, the RTN Flag Officer accompanied by the Commanding Officers visited Southern Naval Command Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Vice Admiral A R Karve.
The RTN delegates visited the Indian Navy's training facilities, including the Navigation and Direction School, Water Survival Training Facility, Damage Control Training Facility, and Flight and Tactical Simulator.
The visiting Royal Thai Navy officers also held discussions with their Indian Navy Flag Officers, senior officers and training staff during their visit to the Southern Naval Command(SNC) Headquarters. The visiting delegation's itinerary also had a sports fixture thrown in, with friendly football match, volleyball match and golf which saw active participation from both sides.
HTMS Bangpakong, HTMS Makutrajakumaran and HTMS Pattani - are commanded by Captain Niwat Jitpoolphol, Commander Nattapon Sungkitboon and Commander Banchong Natewang, respectively.