Navy dispatches Southern flood-relief mission

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The Royal Thai Navy dispatched its largest humanitarian support ship to Thailand’s South to help flood-stricken residents.

Rear Adm. Chanin Padungkiet, commander of the Amphibious and Combat Support Service Squadron, oversaw the Jan. 7 loading of the HTMS Luang Angthong at Sattahip Naval Base.

A Navy helicopter flies over the flood-stricken south to survey the situation there.
A Navy helicopter flies over the flood-stricken south to survey the situation there.

The ship arrived in hard-hit Nakhon Si Thammasat Jan. 8. Landing craft and helicopters were used to bring supplies aboard through high water.

The ship was loaded with emergency supplies, rescue gear and 20 inflatable boats. It was joined by air support from helicopter crews, 30 sailors and medical personnel who joined the ship in Samut Prakan before sailing.

RTN inflatables bring much needed supplies to flood victims in the south.
RTN inflatables bring much needed supplies to flood victims in the south.

Angthong captain Cmdr. Kotchapol Ngamchali is staging the ship as an operations base where support, medical and food is provided for victims.