The Royal Thai Navy band slogs through the flooded Beach Roadway in Pattaya Sunday. The parade opened celebrations of the International Fleet Evaluation 2017, which main starts today in Pattaya to mark the 50th anniversary of Asean. (Pictures by Chanat Katanyu)

PATTAYA: Navy forces in Southeast Asian nations have actually consented to strengthen cooperation in handling security, catastrophes and ecological dangers.

The navy chiefs from 9 Asean nations together with agents from Laos held a conference Sunday on the sidelines of International Fleet Evaluation (IFR) 2017, hosted by the Thai Navy, which will occur Monday in Pattaya to mark 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Countries (Asean).

Admiral Naris Prathumsuwan, leader of the Thai navy, stated the marine forces of the Asean countries would tighten up cooperation to handle emergency situation circumstances, catastrophes, pirates, security dangers and likewise to secure marine ecology and the environment.

They consented to strengthen their military ability and the trust in between each other, he stated.

IFR 2017 celebrates the close cooperation amongst the marine forces of Asean nations and their Asian allies, stated Adm Naris.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon commanded a Sunday reception for visitors going to the opening of the occasion at the Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel in Pattaya. The fleet evaluation and associated activities are being held up until Nov 22.

Adm Naris stated the occasion is an outcome of the 8th conference of the Asean navy leaders in Bangkok, which passed a resolution for the Thai navy to host the International Fleet Evaluation to mark the 50th anniversary of Asean.

On Monday, an overall of 40 ships will get involved: 15 from Thailand, and 25 from 19 other nations will participate in the fleet evaluation in Pattaya Bay. Gen Prawit’s look at the reception was his very first given that vanishing from view on Tuesday.

He looked weak, being supported by his guards and reacting gradually to press reporters’ concerns. Gen Prawit, nevertheless, insisted he remained in health.

He stated he had actually been on leave for a couple of days however did not state whether he had actually taken a trip abroad.

He likewise declined to address concerns about a cabinet reshuffle and a report that Gen Chanchai Changmongkol had actually resigned as a National Legal Assembly member to sign up with the cabinet.

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