Naval academy commissions new sailors

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Nearly 3,900 new conscripts became commissioned Royal Thai Navy sailors at a Jan. 6 ceremony in Sattahip.

Capt. Saman Khantapong, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center presided over commissioning ceremony, transferring 3,846 recruits to 28 active navy units.

The new sailors completed two-months of training at the academy, where naval disciplines, moral values, and ethics were instilled in them.

The new sailors roared and jumped in excitement and pride the moment they have reached their goal to serve the country.

Saman said that while training was not long, every sailor had become devoted physically and mentally to becoming a brave and proud military member.

Many of the new sailors will be deployed in Thailand’s strife-torn three southern provinces.

Capt. Saman Khantapong, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center, addresses the 3,846 newly commissioned Royal Thai Navy sailors before dismissing them to join their respective divisions at 28 active navy units.Capt. Saman Khantapong, commander of the Naval Recruit Training Center, addresses the 3,846 newly commissioned Royal Thai Navy sailors before dismissing them to join their respective divisions at 28 active navy units.