Navy task force to help deter nuclear war

Navy task force to help deter nuclear war

The navy is planning to set up a new special task force to prepare the country for the threat of war involving the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

Chemical, biological and radiological nuclear weapons (CBRN) are categorised as WMD.

Navy chief, Adm Luechai Ruddit, revealed the plan to set up the CBRN task force during a meeting yesterday with high-ranking members of the armed forces and the Royal Thai Police.

The new task force's core responsibilities will be CBRN war prevention; WMD suppression; conducting relief operations in countries torn by CBRN wars; and joining the United Nations in its fight against terrorism, Adm Luechai said.

No further details on the new task force are known at the moment.

In other news, Gen Pornpipat Benyasri, Chief of the Defence Forces, yesterday during a meeting with members of the armed forces stressed the importance of the military's role in fostering loyalty to the monarchy.

Gen Pornpipat urged all military units to celebrate His Majesty's 68th birthday on July 28 by decorating their offices with the royal flags of His Majesty this month.

He also asked the armed forces to support the government's work to control Covid-19 and help the country's economy recover from the outbreak's financial impact.

Gen Pornpipat emphasised that all military personnel should think twice before posting any opinions that may affect the kingdom's security and provoke social unrest on social media.

He told the soldiers that supporting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's national reconciliation promotion policy is important.

Gen Pornpipat said soldiers are asked be prepared to help in disaster relief operations amid the rainy season.

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