ACDC regiments honor fallen comrades with parade in Sattahip

Friday, 27 December 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 52 By  Patcharapol Panrak

Coastal-defense forces of the Royal Thai Navy paraded for superiors in an annual show of readiness in Sattahip.

Rear Adm. Ruechai Ruddit, head of the Air and Coastal Defense Command, reviewed the nine battalions Dec. 9. Every chief and commander of every regiment attended the event.

The formations showed the troops’ readiness for service and honored sailors who gave their lives in defense of their country, as well as those who sacrifice family time and happiness to serve in the country’s three strife-ridden southern provinces.

1,074 sailors, led by the deputy commander of the First Air Defense Regiment Capt. Surasit Seankram, parade in honor of fallen comrades.

The parade included 1,074 sailors, led by the deputy commander of the First Air Defense Regiment Capt. Surasit Seankram. Following battalions included air-defense regiments, the ACDC control center, support regiment and defense training center.

Ruechai said the ACDC is the main combat force of the Royal Thai Navy and is very strong, brave and loyal to the nation. Its missions are to defend the country’s air space and water as well as be responsible for the country’s well-being.

The unit also is charged with protecting visiting members of the royal family, patrol border regions, search for drug smugglers, aid victims of natural disasters, and protect the environment through replantations of mangrove forests and operation of the Sea Turtle Conservation Center.

Ruechai said such service supports the ACDC’s slogan “guarding the sky, protecting the coast.”

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