New navy chief vows to proceed with submarine purchase plan

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BANGKOK, 3 October 2011  – Newly-appointed Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Surasak Runroengrom has pledged to perform his duty to the best of his ability, affirming that the project to procure submarines will be pushed forward.

The Royal Thai Navy has organized a ceremony for outgoing Navy Chief Adm Kamthorn Phumhiran to pass on his duty to his successor, Adm Surasak, whose appointment officially came into effect on 1 October following His Majesty the King’s endorsement.

During the ceremony, Adm Surasak announced that he was honored to be given the position, adding that he would fully devote himself to the responsibility at hand. He also promised to strengthen the Navy, collaborate with other armed forces on further development of Thai troops and uphold the monarchy above others.

As for the procurement of the long-awaited new submarines, the incoming commander-in-chief asserted that he would press on with the project in an attempt to enhance the Navy’s efficiency in protecting national marine resources.

Amid widespread flooding in the country, Adm Surasak said the Navy had been providing help for the victims and had already sent medical teams and supplies into troubled areas via helicopters and flat-bottomed boats.