The Royal Thai Navy celebrated its modern-day founding with merit-making to mark its 112th anniversary.
Vice Adm. Charlee Montrivade, deputy commander of the Royal Thai Fleet, led officers and sailors from six combat units in offering alms to 112 monks at its Sattahip headquarters.
The sailors listened to a message from Navy commander-in-chief Adm. Luechai Ruddit retelling the history of how King Rama V opened the first naval academy in Thonburi, launching the modern day navy.
The admiral pledged to keep the Royal Thai Navy up-to-date and strong so it can play a leading role in the region. He also promised to improve the quality of life for enlisted personnel and their families.