The General Command Headquarters yesterday ordered the Royal Army to move a total of 22 tanks and armoured personnel carriers, which were used during the recent Golden Dragon military exercises, from Techo Sen Chum Kiri Military Institute in Kampot province to the Brigade 70 headquarters in Phnom Penh.
Royal Cambodian Armed Forces commander-in-chief General Vong Pisen issued a letter yesterday saying the Royal Army Commander has to transfer 10 T-55 tanks and 12 APC BMP-1 by today.
Kampot Provincial Governor Cheav Tay yesterday urged the public not to panic over the move as it was a usual procedure to transfer tanks and APCs back to their home units after military exercises.
“It is a normal transfer and it is not related to the COVID-19 situation,” he said.
Last month the Kingdom and China held the annual military exercise in Kampot province’s Chumkiri district where about 3,000 soldiers of both nations conducted a joint training session.
During the Golden Dragon exercises’ opening ceremony, troops and heavy weapons, including tanks, APCs and attack helicopters were used.
The military exercises focused on counter-terrorism capacity and humanitarian activities.