New commander receives 15-gun salute

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The HTMS Pinklao fired a 15-gun salute to welcome the new commander of the Royal Thai Fleet.

Retiring commander, Adm. Pijan Teeranet passed over the command flag to successor Vice Adm. Narith Prathumsuwan in the Sept. 29 ceremony on the deck of the HTMS Naresuan aircraft carrier. Narith officially took his post Oct. 1.

The nearby Pinklao then fired its 15 guns to mark the transfer of authority before Narith’s lieutenants reported to hear their new commander’s plans for the next year.

Retiring commander, Adm. Pijan Teeranet (left) passes over the command flag to successor Vice Adm. Narith Prathumsuwan (right) on the deck of the HTMS Naresuan aircraft carrier.Retiring commander, Adm. Pijan Teeranet (left) passes over the command flag to successor Vice Adm. Narith Prathumsuwan (right) on the deck of the HTMS Naresuan aircraft carrier.

The Royal Thai Fleet division of the navy is charged with readiness preparation for sailors, ships and aircraft. Moreover, the RTF supports security affairs and disaster relief.

There are 13 subordinate organizations under the RTF, including frigate, helicopter carrier, mine, amphibious, combat support, riverine, coast guard, aviation, special warfare, fleet training and fleet support squadrons.

The Royal Thai Fleet also includes a submarine squadron, even though the navy possesses no submarines.