Marine Corps celebrates 58th anniversary

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The Royal Thai Marines marked its 58th anniversary with a ceremony in Sattahip.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Adm. Surasak Rungrerngrom presided over the July 29 event at Marine Corps headquarters in Sattahip with current and former commanders among the large crowds. Politicians, the media and public presented flowers to congratulate the marine officers on the occasion.

Vice Adm. Sonthaya Noichaya said the marine unit dates back to 1824, but formally came into being on July 30, 1955. The service has the duty, he said, to operate amphibiously on land, at sea and to provide security for navy forces.

Adm. Surasak Rungrerngrom inspects the troops during the Marine Corps’ 58th anniversary celebrations in Sattahip.Adm. Surasak Rungrerngrom inspects the troops during the Marine Corps’ 58th anniversary celebrations in Sattahip.

He said current missions include governing the strife-ridden south, protecting disputed temples on the Cambodian border and maintaining order on the northern border.