The Royal Thai Fleet celebrated its Founder’s Day with top navy officials and a merit-making ceremony.
Navy commandant Adm. Khanat Thongpool presided over the 89th annual ceremony Dec. 19 at fleet headquarters in Sattahip. The navy also celebrates the date as Apakorn Day, the birthday of the 19th century’s HRH Abhakara Kiartivongse, the prince of Chumphon considered the father of the Royal Thai Navy.
Founder’s Day for the Royal Thai Fleet traces its roots to 1923 when a unit specializing in warships was founded under the name Royal Thai Navy, reporting directly to the Ministry of Naval Officers, with three warship fleets consisting of gun and torpedo squadrons and warships.
Monks perform religious ceremonies as top navy officials mark the Royal Thai Fleet’s 89th Founder’s Day.
It wasn’t until 1933 when the name Royal Thai Navy was changed to Royal Thai Warship, reporting directly to the Ministry of Naval Officers, until 1951, when the name was again changed to Royal Thai Fleet.
At this year’s ceremony, ten monks were invited to perform religious ceremonies, enjoy lunch and dedicate the merits to the soul of the prince of Chumphon.