Sattahip, Chonburi military observe Armed Forces Day

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The Sattahip Naval Base marked Royal Thai Armed Forces Day with oath-taking and marching.

Navy Commander in Chief Adm. Kamthon Phumhiran presided over the Jan. 18 oath of allegiance by 12 battalions in the field in front of the Air Coastal and Defense Command. The forces, comprised of Sattahip- and Bangkok-based troops as well as cadets, then marched in formation.

Royal Thai Armed Forces Day is celebrated annually to commemorate King Naresuan’s victory over Burmese forces in 1593, as well as honor Thai military dead over the years. Each year all armed forces vow an oath to commemorate the Great King’s actions.

Soldiers parade past the King Naresuan monument in Chonburi.Soldiers parade past the King Naresuan monument in Chonburi.

This year’s event also featured a paratrooper demonstration, a running parade show by the Air Coastal and Defense Command, marching to music from Naval Orchestra students, and a marksmanship display by Marine rangers.

In Chonburi, Maj. Gen. Winai Srangsukdee, commander of Army Region 14, presided over the Army’s oath of allegiance at the Kirati Siriyothin Building. Troops participating included infantry, royal guards and artillery battalions.

Adm. Kamthon Phumhiran inspects the troops in Sattahip.Adm. Kamthon Phumhiran inspects the troops in Sattahip.

Maj. Gen. Winai Srangsukdee inspects the troops in Chonburi.Maj. Gen. Winai Srangsukdee inspects the troops in Chonburi.

A paratrooper lands on the parade grounds in Sattahip.A paratrooper lands on the parade grounds in Sattahip.