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Bangkok (NNT/VNA)
– Thailand is fully ready to play host to the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017 in celebration of ASEAN’s 50th anniversary, with navy ships from countries around the world participating. 

Admiral Naris Pratoomsuwan, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, declared the country’s readiness for the organisation of the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN’s establishment from November 13-22 in Pattaya, Chon Buri province. 

There will be more than 40 vessels joining in the fleet review, 26 of which coming from 19 foreign countries, including ASEAN neighbours, China and the United States. With participation of over 5,000 navy officers from around the world, the event is aimed at tightening relations and cooperation between ASEAN member nations and partner countries and demonstrating the region’s security potential. 

Deputy Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Weerachon Sukhontapatipak expressed confidence that the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017 will bolster Thailand’s image, reflect the close friendships between ASEAN and its allies and pave the way for future economic cooperation. 

The International Fleet Review will also coincide with a variety of activities, such as the 1st ASEAN Multilateral Naval Exercise, the 11th ASEAN Navy Chiefs’ Meeting, the International Dragon Boat Racing, the 4th Technology for the Next Decade, and the Air Race I World Cup Thailand 2017.