Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Sep 8 1983, Page 7

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 8, 1983, Tokyo, JapanThursday september 8, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes 7 thais . Work on Eod training by Phi Pel Barbante . Navy Satta hip Thailand members of the . Navy s explosive Ord Nance disposal Eod team regard sessions with their thai counterparts As More than just training. To them it is a personal Effort to improve an ally s abilities. During cobra Gold 83, a joint . Thailand exercise teams from Eod group one detachment Subic Bay Philippines Eod Mobile unit one Hawaii and Royal thai Navy run Eod specialists trained in the most Complete Eod exercise Between the two nations. We be done More on this exercise than All others combined said Hull technician chief Mike Scott a Veter an of four training ventures in thai land. For the past three years . Navy and run have trained together in six Eod exercises which include two in the cobra Gold series. Navy Eod technicians specialize in identifying rendering Safe and disposing of All forms of Domestic and foreign made weapons and ammunition whether in the water Oron land. At Satta hip an run base Southeast of Bangkok the thais were familiarized with chemical and biological warfare problems and briefed on improvised explosive devices and How to handle them. At Sungkhla on the Southern tip of Thailand the teams practice advanced demolitions surface Ord Nance explosives and Render Safe procedures using tool sets necessary to defuse a bomb. Last year we just talked. Now we Are making it like the real thing said ens. Chao Klin Watanskul officer in charge of the run Eod team. Despite language differences the thais asked questions at every Opportunity and eagerly tried their hand at using different disarming techniques. They be come a Long Way. They re learning tool sets they Don t even have. If they should Ever work with us in a real situation it would t be their first exposure to our gear Scott said. Only hours before the amphibious Landing at Theta Beach the two teams worked Side by Side laying 12 Viz Miles of electrical wiring for detonating 93 half Pound charges to simulate Shore bombardment. Throughout the Eod and mine countermeasures exercise where the teams searched and located enemy mines for disposal team members from both countries exchanged jokes and shared stories of real Eod experiences. We re having fun and that s what counts. That s Why it s so easy for us to train together said it. Mark Soha officer in charge of the . Team. I d take any one of these Guys out on a Job and i la jointly train with them anytime Scott said of the thai Eod members. It s Good to know that you helped turn them into a Good Eod team and i m proud of us photos by Phi Pel Borbone . Navy and thai Eod specialists stake Down a practice bomb. Observing operations aboard the thai mine sweeper Tealang. Same Day sports on to Yokota a Fen in the world of television there Are just like in nature four seasons. There Are the Winter and Spring seasons the summer re runs and of course the sporting season. To usher in the sporting season the far East network Fen has received word that it has at least six More satellite sporting events on tap for viewers on both the japanese Mainland and on Okinawa for the month of september. Although Fen programmers Are Uncertain As to the reason for the sudden increase in these sporting events especially during septem Ber they Are sure the sports minded viewers will be All too Happy about it. On the other hand those not really interested in sports will probably be wondering what is going to happen to regular programming when these sporting events hit the airwaves. Fen wants to assure viewers that there will be a minimum amount of program turbulence to fit these events into the already solid schedules. Tv-11, Tokyo kanto Plain Tofor instance will be using these sporting events primarily in the evenings beginning at either 9 00 or 9 05. The Tokyo station which is responsible for the recording of these satellite events at the Satel Lite recording facility in Hardy Barracks Tokyo will be airing these events the same Day they Are received. The other stations in the net work Okinawa Misawa Iwakuni and Casebo will be airing them As soon As they receive them from the Tokyo recording facility. View ers therefore should Check with their local Fen facility for air times. Although specific games to be received have not yet been firmed up they will include both nil and Mcaa football. Dates specifically booked for satellite events include but Are not necessarily limited to sept. 11, 12, 18, 19 and 25 two games. Fen officials Are also looking for an equal number of events including the world series in october. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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