Tag: The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

On Friday 21st January 2011, the Pha Ngan Royal Ship (to give her official title) was carefully maneuvered into its new resting place at Thongsala, Koh Phangan, generating much excitement for locals and tourists alike.

The warship was given to the Thai government in 1957 by the United States Government under the Military Assistance Program. She went on to play a vital role in operations conducted by the Royal Thai Navy during the Vietnam War, particularly between the years of 1967 - 1972. She was eventually retired from active service on 5th June 2008.

On what turned out to be a glorious sunny day, the warship received an incredible welcome from locals, tourists, dignitaries and business people, as well as receiving a blessing by Buddhist monks.

The onlookers were treated to a demonstration by the Royal Thai Navy which included teams of marines, with helicopter support, making a landing at the edge of the basin. Smoke grenades, signal flares, landing boats and gunfire ensured an excellent spectacle for all.

She will be permanently berthed to the north of the main pier in Thongsala, where she will continue to serve in her new role as the Royal Rama IX Memorial Museum.

On Friday 21st January 2011, the Pha Ngan Royal Ship (to give her official title) was carefully maneuvered into its new resting place at Thongsala, Koh Phangan, generating much excitement for locals and tourists alike.

The warship was given to the Thai government in 1957 by the United States Government under the Military Assistance Program. She went on to play a vital role in operations conducted by the Royal Thai Navy during the Vietnam War, particularly between the years of 1967 - 1972. She was eventually retired from active service on 5th June 2008.

On what turned out to be a glorious sunny day, the warship received an incredible welcome from locals, tourists, dignitaries and business people, as well as receiving a blessing by Buddhist monks.

The onlookers were treated to a demonstration by the Royal Thai Navy which included teams of marines, with helicopter support, making a landing at the edge of the basin. Smoke grenades, signal flares, landing boats and gunfire ensured an excellent spectacle for all.

She will be permanently berthed to the north of the main pier in Thongsala, where she will continue to serve in her new role as the Royal Rama IX Memorial Museum.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

Seen from this angle, it's easier to see the impressive size of the Pha Ngan Royal Ship as it moves into its final resting place at Thongsala, Koh Phangan.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

The warship supporting the Marines landing demonstration waits offshore as the helicopter passes overhead.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

The Royal Thai Navy marines run for their lives after coming across the last remaining party animals from the recent Full Moon Party!!

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

Marines of the Royal Thai Navy staged a demonstration assault landing at the opposite side of the harbour, complete with smoke grenades, helicopter and warship support.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

This huge ship's anchor, set into the ground, is presumably the anchor from the Pha Ngan Royal Ship.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

The impressive site of the Pha Ngan Royal Ship slowly moving into position.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

Local dignitaries are joined by senior Naval personnel to receive the Monk's blessings.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

The crowds gather to watch the approach of the Pha Ngan Royal Ship to her new home in Thongsala, Koh Phangan.

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The Pha Ngan Royal Ship Memorial Museum

A large banner announces the arrival of Pha Ngan Royal Ship to her final resting place at Thongsala, Koh Phangan.