Around this several months is the period of RTN Integrated Training, annual RTN exercise.
Here is the set of photo released by RTN and Royal Thai Marine Crops showing the number of highranking officers and press in the regiment-scale live-firing demonstration.
Many toys were featured in this demonstration. The rare one is Type-69II tank that the marine borrow five of them from RTA a long time ago. The other equipment includes HUMVEE car mounts with TOW anti-tank missile, AAV Amphibious Assault Vehicle, V-150 APC, and many support truck.
SH-60B from Chakri Naruebeth Flying Unit also featured in this demonstration as a MEDEVAC helicopter.
Since the broke out of southern militant in Jan 2004. Royal Thai Marine Crops, long ago had been known as a forgotten force, is continue recieving many new equipment to modernize the fighting force. Vietname-era M16A1 was replaced by M16A2 along with Night Vision Goggle and some Red Dot Sight. New fighting HUMVEE were bought. 12 new APC, which will be either BTR-3E1 or BTR-90, is in the procurement process. This would be supported by the major reorganization across the navy to lift the flexibility of operation.
We should see the new generation of Marine in the coming years.