Sattahip officers among 9 Navy personnel honored for outstanding service

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Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva inducted several Sattahip-based officers into the Royal Thai Navy’s “hall of fame” for service above and beyond the call of duty.

Vice Adm. Sommai Prakansamut, director-general of the Naval Education Department; Capt. Chatchawal Meesawat, commander of the Chumphon Naval Academy, and former commander of the Naval Recruitment Center Capt. Wirat Somchit were among nine Navy personnel awarded plaques honoring their service as examples for others to emulate.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (left) awards Vice Adm. Sommai Prakansamut (right), director-general of the Naval Education Department and one of the many the PM inducted into the Royal Thai Navy’s “hall of fame” for service above and beyond the call of duty. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (left) awards Vice Adm. Sommai Prakansamut (right), director-general of the Naval Education Department and one of the many the PM inducted into the Royal Thai Navy’s “hall of fame” for service above and beyond the call of duty.

At the Nov. 24 ceremony at the Chao Phraya Naval Auditorium, the prime minister also honored Capt. Suthichai Rangsirokomon, chief of the Naval Electronics Department’s Military Officer Administrative Division; Capt. Anusorn Khumyat, deputy director of the Research and Development Division, Lt. Cmdr. Charoen Sudtason, Lt. Panya Japrung, Petty Officer 1st Class Kanung Kangkamanoo and sailor Cholatid Sonkong.

The Navy Day ceremony attended by Navy Commander in Chief Adm. Kamthon Phumhiran, Defense Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan and top military officials annually honors personnel with good behavior and high virtues of service to the navy and the country, who sacrifice their time and effort to perform duties beyond what is simply required.

Abhisit praised the officers and enlisted men for not only protecting the country, but working to preserve the marine environment and providing relief to disaster victims.