Manila Bulletin, Thursday, MArch 25, 2010
By: Elena Aben
Two Royal Thai Navy ships — the HTMS Taksin and HTMS Chaopraya, arrived in Manila Wednesday for a five-day goodwill visit, which is expected to further strengthen the ties that bind the Philippine Navy and the Thai Navy as the two countries work togetherin the common pursuit of maintaining peace and stability in the ASEAN region.
Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo, Navy spokesman, said the Thai delegation is headed by Squadron Commander Rear Admiral Kraisorn Chansuvanich. The ships, now docked at Pier 13 in North Harbor, arrived at around 1 p.m.
Royal Thai Cadet Training Unit’s Commander is composed of 70 officers, 239 enlisted men, 20 non-military rank personnel, and 236 naval cadets. The ships are commanded by Capt. Samarn Khunthaphong and Capt. Skye Bekanan.
The Philippine Navy’s BRP Apolinario Mabini (PS36) met and escorted the visiting ships in the vicinity of Corregidor Island, a time-honored tradition among navies.
Arevalo said shortly after their arrival, the head of the delegation paid a courtesy call to Vice Admiral Ferdinand Golez, Philippine Navy Flag Officer-In-Command (FOIC) at the Navy Headquarters on Roxas Blvd.