Armaments have been arriving in Bangkok as part of the large U.S. contribution to the Thai forces defending the Kampuchean border against fresh military incursions by the Vietnamese.
GV Personnel Carrier being off-loaded from ship to wharf at Klong Toey Harbour.
TILT UP SV Personnel Carrier being moved off ship by container crane. (2 SHOTS)
GV Personnel Carrier being lowered onto back of waiting lorry wharf.
SV Thai and American military officials watch operation. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Lorry taking Personnel Carrier off wharf.
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Background: Armaments have been arriving in Bangkok as part of the large U.S. contribution to the Thai forces defending the Kampuchean border against fresh military incursions by the Vietnamese. Last weekend (13 July) armed personnel carriers were shipped into Bangkok's Klong Toey Harbour.
SYNOPSIS: The delivery of arms from the United States was ordered by President Carter. It followed urgent requests from Bangkok for a speed-up of deliveries after a Vietnamese-led incursion into Eastern Thailand, from Kampuchea, two weeks ago.
The weapons and ammunition had been ordered and paid for by the Thai government a year ago. The delivery includes this shipment of six American armed personnel carriers, part of an order of 22. They arrived at Bangkok's Klong Toey Harbour on the South Korean freighter, Pegasus Pride.
A five-man American training team has also arrived to train Thai army instructors in the use of sophisticated weapons.
The United States is paying the one million dollars cost of transporting the weaponry as a gesture of support.
Already an airlift of arms and ammunition has arrived in Bangkok. It brought in a total of 18 howitzers and 350 M-16 rifles. Thirty-five tanks are expected to arrive in September.