Royal Thai Navy / กองทัพเรือไทย

I began teaching English in Thailand in late March 2007. In recent years, many of my classes have been in non-traditional situations rather than regular in-school classrooms. Currently, I am attached to the Third Naval Area Command Headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy (กองทัพเรือไทย — Kong Thap Ruea Thai). This has been a very busy week teaching 6-hour lessons per day in English conversational skills … Continue reading Royal Thai Navy / กองทัพเรือไทย

Thai Navy Memorial Day / วันที่ระลึกกองทัพเรือไทย

Every year, January 17 is observed in Thailand as Thai Navy Memorial Day, commemorating the date in 1941 that French forces inflicted a decisive defeat over Thailand during the Battle of Ko Chang. During the battle, a flotilla of French warships attacked a smaller force of Thai vessels, including a coastal defense ship. In the end, two Thai ships were sunk and one was heavily damaged. Within … Continue reading Thai Navy Memorial Day / วันที่ระลึกกองทัพเรือไทย

Prince of Chumphon, Father of the Royal Thai Navy

December 19 is one of several causes of celebration within the Royal Thai Navy throughout the year with observances marking the birth in 1880 of Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon, who was proclaimed the “Father of the Navy”. Similarly, the anniversary of his death on May 19, 1923, at the young age of 43, is marked as Abhakara Day. Other RTN holidays include Royal Thai … Continue reading Prince of Chumphon, Father of the Royal Thai Navy

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Royal Thai Navy Day / วันกองทัพเรือ

November 20 is annually observed as Royal Thai Navy Day (วันกองทัพเรือ), commemorating the date in 1906 that King Chulalongkorn officially opened the Royal Thai Naval Academy (โรงเรียนนายเรือ). Established in 1898 and originally located on the royal yacht Maha Chakri and some other boats donated by the king, the academy later moved to Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi (in the compound of the present headquarters of the … Continue reading Royal Thai Navy Day / วันกองทัพเรือ