The Gulf of Thailand and the Sattahip district of Chon Buri will serve as the training grounds for the Blue Strike-2023 joint naval exercise, involving China and Thailand. Participation from Chinese warships and submarines has been confirmed for this annual drill.
The exercise, which will extend from tomorrow to September 10, will take place in the upper reaches of the Gulf of Thailand and at the Phra Maha Chetsadachao Camp of the Marine Division in Sattahip, as disclosed by a navy source. The main objectives of the Blue Strike exercise are to share naval expertise, prepare for potential humanitarian assistance and disaster relief situations, carry out naval operations, and foster military relations.
The Chinese ships docked at the training site on Thursday, ready for the upcoming Blue Strike exercises.
A welcoming ceremony took place yesterday at the Royal Thai Fleet HQ, where navy chief, Choengchai Chomchoengpaet, Chinese envoy, Han Zhiqiang, and Royal Thai Fleet commander, Adung Phan-iam greeted Chen Weidong, deputy chief of the Chinese Marine Corps. They also welcomed Peng Peng, the leader of a squad of Chinese navy trainees, and other senior Chinese officers.