Navy sets sail to re-enact King Taksin’s amphibious assault

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Adm. Noppadol Supakorn, commander of the Royal Thai Fleet, officially kicked off the 250th anniversary commemoration of King Taksin the Great’s amphibious assault on the Burmese in Ayutthaya.
Adm. Noppadol Supakorn, commander of the Royal Thai Fleet, officially kicked off the 250th anniversary commemoration of King Taksin the Great’s amphibious assault on the Burmese in Ayutthaya.

The commander of the Royal Thai Fleet officially kicked off the 250th anniversary commemoration of King Taksin the Great’s amphibious assault on the Burmese in Ayutthaya.

Adm. Noppadol Supakorn chaired the Oct. 19 worship ceremony and offerings of marigold garlands to the King Taksin monument at the Naval Special Warfare Command in Sattahip.

From Oct. 24-Nov. 11 the navy and administrators of 10 provinces will mark the anniversary of the epic battle with re-enactments, stage performances and parades.

King Taksin led the liberation of Siam from Burmese occupation after the Second Fall of Ayutthaya in 1767. He marshalled 5,000 troops and 100 boats and landed on the eastern coast to enter the Chao Praya River. He attacked Burma’s army at Pho Sam Ton Camp in the Wat Madua’s area between the Phasak and Lopburi rivers. Finally, he succeeded in securing Siam’s independence Nov. 6.

On Oct. 24 a fleet of ships docked at Pak Nam in Chantaburi with a ceremony performed at Ban Samet Ngam and activities taking place at the nearby temple.