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 309 conscripts March 31.
Five venerated monks from Chagmag, Tha Kum, Khao Noi, House of Priest Kilo 8 and Sattahip temples performed religious ceremonies and presented Prince Chumphon amulets to troops to protect them from harm.
10 armed units of 309 conscripts receive blessings before being sent to Thailand’s restive south.
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.