Connect with us


India, Thailand in joint Navy training off Phuket

Legacy Phuket Gazette



India, Thailand in joint Navy training off Phuket | The Thaiger
  • follow us in feedly

CAPE PANWA, PHUKET: The Royal Thai Navy completed the latest in a series of training exercises with their counterparts from India earlier this week.

For this year’s exercises, about 50 Indian sailors aboard the Bangaram Class patrol vessel INS Batti Malv took part in offshore reconnaissance maneuvers that began last Friday.

The Thai side was led by Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Nawin Thananate.

His Indian counterparts were Far Eastern Naval Command Chief of Staff Maj Gen Ak Chaturvedi and Commanding Officer Mahesh Rahangdale.

The training ended with a meeting at the Royal Thai Navy Third Naval Area Command base at Panwa Cape on Thursday.

This year was the ninth biennial training exercise.

“The meeting is very important because we have shared maritime boundaries. After what happened in Bombay on November 26, 2008 it is especially important that we make safeguarding maritime interests of paramount importance,” said Gen Ak.

“We need a co-ordinated patrolling and surveillance effort. The next meeting will be in April, 2010,” he added.

The Andaman and Nicobar chain comprises 572 islands located more than 420 miles northwest of Phuket.

Thai and Indian territorial waters do not overlap, but there is overlap between the much larger economic exclusion zones.

India keeps a large military presence in Port Blair – a strategically important location as it is the entrance to the Strait of Malacca – through which half of the world’s oil supplies are shipped.

INS Batti Malv returned to its home port of Port Blair earlier today.

The vessel is named after a small, uninhabited isle in the Nicobar southern group that is a wildlife reserve.

— Atchaa Khamlo

Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.

Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht

Maya Taylor



Phuket officials visit Kamala restaurant after customer charged 6,750 baht | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Facebook/ Lalita Chaiyasit

A seafood restaurant in Kamala, a west coast town in Phuket, has received strong criticism on social media after trying to charge a customer 6,750 baht for a takeaway meal. 3,000 baht of the bill was a “cooking fee”. Lalita Chaiyasit took to social media to vent her disbelief after receiving the bill. She says she was on holiday with her family in Phuket and wanted to order some food for delivery to their hotel. At the recommendation of their tour guide, she chose the Nanork Restaurant in Kamala, sending the tour guide to pick up the food. A report […]

Continue Reading


Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life

The Thaiger



Phuket’s Lard Yai Sunday night market springs back to life | The Thaiger
PHOTO: Lard Yai springs back to life - Phuket People's Voice

The Lard Yai Sunday night walking street along Thalang Road Old Phuket Town has reopened to the delight of vendors, locals and a few expats. It has been closed for 3 months after lockdowns were applied to community markets. New Provincial Governor Narong Woonchiew says he welcomes people back to the popular market. “The province and the private sector have worked hard to make sure Lardyai walking street is safe and complies with social distancing practices to regain tourists’ confidence.” Lard Yai, a fairly recent addition to Phuket’s vibrant market scene (about 4 years ago), became an instant success in […]

Continue Reading


Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy

The Thaiger



Two years ago – remembering Phuket’s Phoenix boat tragedy | The Thaiger

“There were 13 children that died in this disaster. Many were later found dead, floating face down, not far from their deceased parents.” On an otherwise ordinary afternoon, two tour boats, Phoenix and Serenata, were heading back to Phuket after a half day tour of snorkelling near Koh Racha. The weather forecast was for seasonal monsoonal SW winds and waves, about the usual for that time of the year. But there was also a weather warning for a storm later in the afternoon of July 5, 2018. For whatever reasons the captains of the two vessels started heading back to […]

Continue Reading