Navy, monks bless 304 sailors before southern deployment

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Royal Thai Navy officers and Buddhist monks wished more than 300 troops well before their deployment to strife-torn provinces in the south.

Rear Adm. Luechai Ruddit, commander of the Air and Coastal Defense Command, presided over departure ceremony for 10 armed units of 304 conscripts Sept. 22.

Five venerated monks from the east performed religious ceremonies. The monks also presented the Prince Chumphon coin to troops to protect them from weapons, sharp objects and danger while on duty.

Rear Adm. Luechai Ruddit sends off troops to the south, wishing them the best and to come back safely.Rear Adm. Luechai Ruddit sends off troops to the south, wishing them the best and to come back safely.

Being dispatched are the Narathiwat Airport Security unit, ACDC units 451, 452, 491, 412, 321, the Koh Kood Operations Unit, water-motion testers of the Koh Miang and the radar unit for ocean inspection at Chanthaburi and Trat.

Luechai gave souvenirs to and congratulated sailors for representing the military in carrying out special operations and instructed them to perform their duties with strict obedience to the commander’s commands, be strong, patient, disciplined and come back safely.