Coastal Defense personnel mark start of Songkran

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Sattahip Air and Coastal Defense Command personnel marked the traditional Thai New Year with merit-making and water blessings.

The April 11 ceremony saw enlisted men and officers sprinkle water on images of Buddha and the elderly as part of the Rod Nam Dam Hua ceremony. They also released 84,000 small fish into the Royal Thai Navy unit’s reservoir to bring good luck for the coming year.

Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan, Air and Coastal Defense commander, led staff in presenting offerings of rice, dried food and other items to 10 monks from Rangsri Sunthorn Temple.

Enlisted men and officers present offerings of rice, dried food and other items to monks from Rangsri Sunthorn Temple.Enlisted men and officers present offerings of rice, dried food and other items to monks from Rangsri Sunthorn Temple.

Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan sprinkles water on the Buddha to make merit during the traditional Songkran ceremony. Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan sprinkles water on the Buddha to make merit during the traditional Songkran ceremony.

Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan, Air and Coastal Defense commander, begins the proceedings.Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan, Air and Coastal Defense commander, begins the proceedings.

Officers and enlisted men perform the Rod Nam Dam Hua, pouring water over the hands of Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan, Air and Coastal Defense commander.Officers and enlisted men perform the Rod Nam Dam Hua, pouring water over the hands of Rear Adm. Tharathorn Kachitsuwan, Air and Coastal Defense commander.