Myanmar warships to visit Phuket

Two warships of the Myanmar navy will make a historic visit to Phuket port next week to mark 65 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Myanmar, a navy source said.

The warships, UMS 561 and UMS 562, will be in Phuket port for three days, between Feb 20-23. They will be welcomed by officers from the 3rd Naval Area Command.

It will be the first visit by Myanmar warships to Thailand, the source said.

"The visit is a sign of good relations between the Thai and Myanmar navies and shows Myanmar is now more open.  There will be talks about military relations, possibly about a joint marine patrol for the first time," said the source.

The source said the navy commander of Myanmar will make a separate visit to Thailand. He will make a courtesy call on navy commander-in-chief Adm Surasak Roonruangwong in Bangkok.

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