Navy observes Armed Forces Day

Friday, 25 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 4 By  Patcharapol Panrak

The Sattahip Naval Base marked Royal Thai Armed Forces Day with oath-taking and a parade.

Navy Commander in Chief Adm. Surasak Rungrengrom presided over the Jan. 18 “oath of allegiance to the colors” by battalions in the field in front of the Air Coastal and Defense Command. The forces, comprised of Sattahip and Bangkok based troops as well as cadets, then marched in formation.

The event also featured performances of Southeast Asian music by the Royal Thai Navy School of Music, and drill exhibitions by the Naval Rating School.

Armed forces in Sattahip march to commemorate Armed Forces Day.Armed forces in Sattahip march to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

The event culminated with a parade by the Royal Thai Naval Academy, 1st Frigate Squadron, Thai Naval Air Division, Naval Rating School Naval Education Department, 1st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Regiment  ACDC, Naval Military Police Regiment, Naval Base Sattahip Battalion, Construction and Development Base Sattahip Battalion, 2nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery ACDC, Marines Division, and Naval Base Bangkok.

Royal Thai Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually to commemorate King Naresuan’s victory over Burmese forces in 1593, as well as to honor Thai military dead over the years. Each year all armed forces vow an oath to commemorate the Great King’s actions.

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