Pattaya’s Royal Navy is often praised for their skill, but there’s always room for improvement. Recently, divers from the U.S Navy visited Pattaya to join in some training and learn new techniques.
Members of the U.S Navy visited the Sattahip Naval Base in Pattaya to share updated equipment and procedures.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Troy Roat was the MDSU 1 diving officer in charge of the operation. In an interview with the Pattaya Mail he revealed that: “This is a partnership. We are always working to develop the most effective diving plan, and that’s an evolutionary process. Divers are very intuitive people. Their training and practices are parallel to ours.”
The exercise was part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2009. Divers from the Royal Thai Navy got their first chance to use the new Kirby Morgan KM 37 helmets that were recently obtained by MDSU 1. The KM 37 is a modernized version of the KM 21 helmet that is currently used by the Thai navy, and allows divers to reach even deeper depths for extended periods of time.