US, Thailand conduct anti-submarine exercise

The United States Navy and Royal Thai Navy kicked off the five-day anti-submarine and maritime domain awareness exercise Guardian Sea in the Andaman Sea on April 25.

According to US Navy, guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, a P-8 Poseidon will be participating, Thail Navy assets helicopter carrier HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CVH 911), Khamronsin-class corvette HTMS Long Lom (FS 533), Naresuan-class frigate HTMS Taksin (FFG 422), HTMS Naresuan, and a S-70B Seahawk helicopter will be participating.

“Guardian Sea is an increasingly sophisticated and robust exercise that enables the U.S. Navy and Royal Thai Navy to continue working closely together and learning from each other,” said Capt. Lex Walker, commodore of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7. “Each year, as allies, our two nations are becoming increasingly capable in mutually conducting anti-submarine warfare that ensures security and stability in the maritime domain.”

“The Royal Thai Navy and U.S. Navy continue to demonstrate a strong relationship in every aspect of maritime operations,” said Capt Anupong Taprasob, Royal Thai Navy. “We are fully committed to further strengthening this partnership well into the future with even greater and more complex naval tactic as well as maritime security exercises each year.”

“The P-8 Poseidon brings an unmatched maritime surveillance capability to a wide-spectrum of operations including anti-submarine warfare,” said Cmdr Bryan Hager, commanding officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 4. “We will be working side-by-side with our Royal Thai Navy counterparts through each mission and look forward to gaining and sharing knowledge.”