Myanmar Military Chief Visits Thai Militaryโ€™s Major Shipbuilding Supplier

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Myanmarโ€™s military chief made a visit to a Thai shipbuilding company on 17th November (Sunday) that has manufactured vessels for the Thai army, navy and police.

Military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing is currently in Bangkok to attend the Defense & Security 2019 conference and ASEAN Defense Ministerโ€™s Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus). According to a statement from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services, the senior general visited Marsun Public Company Limited to observe shipbuilding. He was accompanied by Myanmar Military Attachรฉ (Army, Navy and Air) Brigadier General Khin Zaw and other officials.

The office said Myanmar officials observed the engineering department, shipbuilding sites, the headquarters of the company and shipyards.

According to the official website, Marsun has produced over 309 vessels ranging from passenger ferries, motor yachts, fast patrol boats, and research vessels, to landing craft, oil-spill recovery vessels and multi-purpose craft. The company also provides design, construction and repair services for international customers.

According to the companyโ€™s ordering records, the firm has built 24 landing craft for the Royal Thai Army and a total of 64 vessels for the Royal Thai Navy including landing craft, oil tankers, patrol craft and personnel landing vehicles.

Thailand is the country Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has visited most often as military chiefโ€”more than 11 times since 2011.

The Myanmar military chief has received two of Thailandโ€™s highest honors: in 2013, he wasย awardedย the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Thailand โ€œfor promoting friendship between the two armed forces of Myanmar and Thailand,โ€ the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported at the time. Early this year, Thailand awarded him the Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant in Bangkok โ€œto show the long and close relationsโ€ between the two countries, according to a statement by the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

In May, the senior general paid his last respects to General Prem Tinsulanonda, the former Thai army chief and close adviser to Thailandโ€™s revered royals, whom the senior general regarded as his โ€œadopted father.โ€


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