Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva (left) awards
Vice Adm. Sommai Prakansamut (right), director-general of the Naval
Education Department and one of the many the PM inducted into the Royal Thai
Navy’s “hall of fame” for service above and beyond the call of duty.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva inducted several
Sattahip-based officers into the Royal Thai Navy’s “hall of fame” for
service above and beyond the call of duty.
Vice Adm. Sommai Prakansamut, director-general of the
Naval Education Department; Capt. Chatchawal Meesawat, commander of the
Chumphon Naval Academy, and former commander of the Naval Recruitment Center
Capt. Wirat Somchit were among nine Navy personnel awarded plaques honoring
their service as examples for others to emulate.
At the Nov. 24 ceremony at the Chao Phraya Naval
Auditorium, the prime minister also honored Capt. Suthichai Rangsirokomon,
chief of the Naval Electronics Department’s Military Officer Administrative
Division; Capt. Anusorn Khumyat, deputy director of the Research and
Development Division, Lt. Cmdr. Charoen Sudtason, Lt. Panya Japrung, Petty
Officer 1st Class Kanung Kangkamanoo and sailor Cholatid Sonkong.
The Navy Day ceremony attended by Navy Commander in Chief
Adm. Kamthon Phumhiran, Defense Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan and top
military officials annually honors personnel with good behavior and high
virtues of service to the navy and the country, who sacrifice their time and
effort to perform duties beyond what is simply required.
Abhisit praised the officers and enlisted men for not
only protecting the country, but working to preserve the marine environment
and providing relief to disaster victims.