Patcharapol Panrak

Top Sattahip Naval Base officers visited two Sattahip day-care centers to help children and parents celebrate Children’s Day.

Royal Thai Fleet Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Phichet Tanaset called on the Navy Sector 7 Child Center in Muang Sattahip sub-district while Workshop Department chief, Capt. Veerawat Sukkasaem visited the Sector 5 Child Center in Toonprong village Jan. 9.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:54

Naval academy commissions new sailors

Nearly 3,900 new conscripts became commissioned Royal Thai Navy sailors at a Jan. 6 ceremony in Sattahip.

Capt. Saman Khantapong, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center presided over commissioning ceremony, transferring 3,846 recruits to 28 active navy units.

Sattahip animal-control officers came to the aid of a kitten who had been chased up a tree by the family dog and got stuck there for three days.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:46

Eastern border-patrol squadrons rotate

The Royal Thai Navy rotated its border-patrol fleet covering the coast from Sattahip to Chantaburi and Trat.

Vice Adm. Sucheep Whoungmaitree presided over the rotation ceremony Dec. 30. Ships will patrol the eastern seas from Jan. 1 to March 15.

The patrol squadron consists of the HTMS Takbai, Tor 92, Tor 225, and Tor 226. It replaces a squadron comprised of the HTMS Klong Yai, Tor 113, Tor 216, and Tor 219, which began patrols there on Oct. 1.

Vice Adm. Sucheep Whoungmaitree presides over the rotation ceremony for the Royal Thai Navy’s border-patrol fleet covering the coast from Sattahip to Chantaburi and Trat.

Sucheep said the patrols are necessary to protect natural resources and incursions by foreign fishing boats or other invaders. He urged sailors to remain aware and vigilant.

(From right) The new patrol squadron consists of the HTMS Takbai, Tor 92, Tor 225, and Tor 226.(From right) The new patrol squadron consists of the HTMS Takbai, Tor 92, Tor 225, and Tor 226.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:42

Sleepy sailor drives into sea

A sleepy sailor sent his pickup truck crashing into the sea when he fell asleep and drove through a roadside barrier in Sattahip.

Petty Officer 1st Class Sarawut Wattana-amorn, 30, was unhurt in the Jan. 7 accident on the beach road off the exit from Sattahip Naval Base before the Chao Mae Leam Tien Shrine.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:54

Faulty repair blamed for car fire

A faulty repair job is being blamed for a car fire in Sattahip.

Driver Singhnart Wattanasri, 50, escaped injury in the Jan. 2 accident across from the 700 Rai Market.

The market vendor said he’d taken his car to a repair shop in Bang Saray to fix a leaking gas line. He assumed the repair was complete and the leak had been stopped.

But as he drove home, the lower portion of the engine caught fire. He pulled over and jumped out as smoke and flames engulfed the vehicle. Singhnart suspects the repair shop did shoddy work.

Singhnart Wattanasri (front, right) looks over his burnt out car as others try to console him.Singhnart Wattanasri (front, right) looks over his burnt out car as others try to console him.

Pattaya Mail reporter Patcharapol Panrak and his family donated 1,000 bags of rice to the disabled, needy, children and the elderly in Sattahip to make merit to commemorate the 245th anniversary of the coronation of King Taksin the Great.

Sattahip police arrested a former drug user turned alleged dealer.

Officers nabbed Vithaya Pinyoyong, 24, in a Dec. 22 sting operation outside the Wanchaithanormsin factory in Huey Pong, Rayong.

Police seized 10 methamphetamine tablets and the 1,600 baht used to purchase them.

Police said the arrest was made possible following the arrest of Narongrith Indy, 19, who police caught in a similar operation. However, after giving Narongrith cash, the officers found no drugs.

The teen said he would take the money to buy methamphetamines from Vithaya. So officers used him to set up an undercover purchase of 10 ya ba pills.

Police said Vithaya confessed to selling drugs to support his own drug habit.

Police arrest Vithaya Pinyoyong for allegedly dealing drugs.Police arrest Vithaya Pinyoyong for allegedly dealing drugs.

Monday, 29 December 2014 11:23

Navy officers break up Ban Chang drug ring

Royal Thai Navy drug-suppression officers seized nearly 3,800 methamphetamine pills during the arrest of six members of an alleged narcotics ring.

Navy officials on Dec. 20 announced the arrest of Tsongwuth Phiphatsuthiphong, 54, with 3,742 ya ba pills; Thant Kulsiriwong, 54, with a 9mm handgun and 11 bullets; Kritsana Darasirikul, 23, with 23 ya ba tablets; Vithaya Tsongsiri, 22, with 12 pills; Somphan Kantachula, 37, with five tablets; and Kritsana Uppachai, 32, for drug abuse.

Royal Thai Navy drug-suppression officers arrested six members of an alleged narcotics ring and seized nearly 3,800 methamphetamine pills.Royal Thai Navy drug-suppression officers arrested six members of an alleged narcotics ring and seized nearly 3,800 methamphetamine pills.

Capt. Niwat Hachroen said the arrest of the accused gang members came after the bust of Kritsana, a sailor, who ended up ratting out his alleged suppliers.

Officials said Tsongwuth confessed to being the ringleader after police found the stash of pills buried under a banana tree in his yard. He said he got the drugs from a source in Cambodia.

Monday, 29 December 2014 11:14

Ex-convict nailed for drug sales

A former drug convict was arrested again for dealing narcotics in Rayong.

Samphan Saeikhaew, 31, was caught Dec. 23 with 73 methamphetamine pills in his room behind Huey Pong School in Rayong. The drugs were hidden under the floor.

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