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More US warships, not the Ronald Reagan but just as welcome

US Warship Visits Show Faith in Phuket

Saturday, February 27, 2010
THREE more US Navy warships are to anchor off Phuket for shore leave next week as the use of the island for visits between assignments continues to grow.

From March 3 to March 7 it will be the turn of sailors from USS Cleveland, USS Rushmore and USS Patriot to enjoy what's known as MWR leave - morale, welfare, recreation.

Use of Phuket for the modern version of R&R is a demonstration that the US Navy considers the island to be a safe and secure place for its sailors to unwind.

Those heading ashore are usually advised to go easy on alcohol consumption and to steer clear of hiring jet-skis and tuk-tuks, the cause of most of the problems among visitors who are not in uniform.

Next week's visit will be the first US Navy visit for the new chief of Kathu police, Colonel Arayapan Pukburkhao, who took charge of overseeing the island's liveliest resort town, Patong, earlier this month.

Usually local police liaise closely with US Navy shore patrols to make sure the sailors do not overdo it. Many sailors take the opportunity to go on tours or diving trips and catch up on sleep on shore in resorts.

USS Cleveland is an amphibious transport dock with a history dating back to the Vietnam War. USS Rushmore is a dock landing ship and USS Patriot in a mine countermeasures ship.

The Phuket Navy League is organising a welcome and charity work for the crews.
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gravatar Phuket will be in the same category as Subic Bay,Phillipines/ Okinawa,Japan and last but not least Pattaya. This does NOTHING to increase the image of Phuket. Let these drunken sailors go to Pattaya where they will fit right in.

Let's face it, they are not here to support the local economy as they are not "big spenders" but to partake in the darker side that is Thailand. No good will come of this i assure you.

Posted by tom on March 2, 2010 09:45


Faith? More like Sex..

Posted by Mustava Mond on March 2, 2010 12:26

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