(16 November) Thailand is dispatching additional aids to help its fellow ASEAN member, the Philippines, after the nation has been battered by Typhoon Haiyan which had caused widespread destruction in the country.
On 19 November the Cabinet is expected to authorise the Royal Thai Navy to depart for the Philippines. Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, Admiral Narong Pipattanasai, has previously announced plans to send two warships, HTMS Ang Thong 791 and HTMS Sri Chang to aid the island nation.
The ships will be loaded with one Marines mechanic corps, two medical teams, 500 tonnes of rice, clean water producers, and other vehicles to support the Navy’s three-weeks long disaster relief programme.
As of Friday, it is reported that the navy had completed its preparation for its mission and is now awaiting the Cabinet’s decision.