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U.S. Mobile Security Force Trains with Thai Navy

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070515-22
Release Date: 5/15/2007 5:12:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Adam R. Cole, Task Force 76 Public Affairs

UTAPAO, Kingdom of Thailand (NNS) -- Members of the Guam-based Mobile Security Squadron (MSS) 7, Detachment (Det) 71 launched initial bilateral training in base and air field security with the Royal Thai Navy on May 11, as part of Cobra Gold 2007.

The U.S. Sailors instructed their Thai counterparts, a mix of security and auxiliary forces, in entry control, point-vehicle control, point procedures and take-down maneuvers.

The 20 Royal Thai Navy members are part of what will be a week-long class in order to give them the basics of security and establish relationships with their U.S. counterparts.

Objectives of the training include proficiency in base, airfield and convoy security, small arms, prisoner handling and establishing perimeter security.

The lessons will give the Thai forces the skills they need to protect Thai personnel and assets, including providing the cover needed for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians to conduct disposal missions, according to Lt. Cmdr. Kenny M. Miller, officer in charge of MSS 7, Det 71.

“We hope to give the Thais a wide foundation for security,” said Miller. “As part of the U.S. Navy, we are appreciative of this opportunity to work with the Thai forces, who have established a friendship and security partnership with us for decades.”

In order to facilitate the training, MSS 7 personnel are using a left-hand, right-hand approach, meaning that they are first demonstrating the procedures and then allowing the Thais to step in and do it themselves. Thai personnel going through the training have had little or no previous training in this field.

The Thais participating in the security training say they are happy to gain the new skills.

“I am looking forward to getting this experience,” said Royal Thai Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Supon Mongtim, an aircraft mechanic and member of his squadron’s auxiliary force. “I would like to learn more so I can do more for my country.”

MSS 7, Det 71 is used to this type of training, as it returned from a six-month Persian Guild deployment in October 2006. MSS 7 members trained Iraqi National Forces in oil platform security.

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class (EXW/SW) Carl Hurtt says that the training mission in Thailand is different than in Iraq, but just as important.

“The more our allies are aware and become proficient in various security postures, the more security we can achieve overall,” said Hurtt. “I’m looking forward to training the Thais in the class and look forward to seeing them develop and maybe even work alongside them one day.”

Cobra Gold is an annual multinational joint training exercise aimed at developing interoperability, strengthening relationships between services and developing cross-cultural understanding among participating nations.

Task Force 76 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force and is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.

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