BANGKOK, 3 September 2019(NNT) - The Commander of the Royal Thai Navy, Adm. Luechai Ruddit, has given a lecture to some 2,000 personnel taking part in the third rehearsal of the Royal Barge Procession, as part of nationwide celebrations of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s coronation earlier this year. The rehearsal was due to start at 3:30 p.m. today.
Adm. Luechai, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Arrangement of the Royal Barge Procession, observed the rehearsal, which took place near the Royal Monument of King Rama VIII, Bangkok. Adm. Luechai told all personnel to be physically and mentally ready and spend their time practicing to the best of their ability.
The Deputy Chief of Staff of the Royal Thai Navy, VAdm. Jongkol Meesawad, in his capacity as the Chairman of the Preparation Committee for the Royal Barge Procession, said boat traffic from Krung Thonburi Bridge to the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall and from Bangkok Noi Canal to Suwannaram Ratchaworawihan temple is temporarily closed from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Boat traffic from Krung Thonburi Bridge to Phra Pok Klao Bridge is closed between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Vessels of all types were prohibited from interfering with the rehearsal. Offenders will face a fine of 500 to 5,000 baht, and boat operators’s licenses will be confiscated for six months.
The procession consists of 52 barges in five procession lines and three rows, with a total of 2,311 naval officers. Four royal barges, including Suphannahong, Anantanakkharat, Narai Song Suban - His Majesty King Rama IX and Anekkachatphuchong, are to take part in the procession.