Navy’s Somalia mission commander returns

Friday, 02 December 2011 From Issue Vol. XIX No. 48 By  Patcharapol Panrak

The head of the Royal Thai Navy’s anti-piracy task force in the Gulf of Aden made an early return to Thailand as his squad’s vessels continued to steam back from their complete mission off Somalia.

Vice Adm. Pojna Phuakpong, assistant chief of staff for Navy personnel in Sattahip, met Rear Adm. Tanin Likitwong at Suvarnabhumi International Airport where he arrived via commercial flight from Bahrain.

Vice Adm. Pojna Phuakpong greets Rear Adm. Tanin Likitwong at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Vice Adm. Pojna Phuakpong greets Rear Adm. Tanin Likitwong at Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

The 368 crew members of the HTMS Similan and HTMS Naratiwat were scheduled to return to Sattahip Naval Base Nov. 29 after their 140-day mission with the international anti-piracy flotilla.

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