Sattahip, the 31st of July 2010 [PDN]: The Thai premier presided over the ceremony, which was held to commemorate the 60th Jubilee of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s coronation. Proceedings took place at the “Gulf Marine Beach” in Sattahip with various dignitaries, including naval, marine, air-force and army commanders present to pay their respects.
Following the opening ceremony, the Thai premier witnessed a display from the Thai paratroopers, dressed in their traditional formal parade uniform. The entire gathering joined in a rendition of the Thai National Anthem before a customary flag raising ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion.
To finish proceedings, Mr. Abhisit visited the military memorial stone at Toey Ngam Beach where a Thai Royal Marine flag had been positioned by His Majesty the King upon his return from a sailing expedition across the gulf of Thailand. An arrangement of Royal Thai Army battle tanks were at the scene to mark the occasion.
Allegedly, His Majesty was the first to single-handedly sail unassisted (no motor) across the Gulf of Thailand. He sailed from the Klaikangwon Royal Palace in Hua Hin, travelling 60 nautical miles, before arriving on the Toey Ngam Beach in Sattahip. The journey took approximately 17 hours, according to records.