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UPDATED: 19:40, August 24, 2004
Thailand's military reshuffle officially announced
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Thailand's annual military reshuffle which includes a new army chief, a new supreme commander,and a new navy chief was officially announced here Tuesday early afternoon, according to the Thai News Agency.

Gen. Pravit Wongsuwan was appointed as the new commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army, replacing Gen. Chaisit Shinawatra who was moved to be the new supreme commander.

Gen. Pravit is now assistant commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army.

Gen. Sirichai Thanyasiri, now deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army, and Adm. Sathiraphan Keyanont, current chief of staff of the Royal Thai Navy, were appointed as deputy supreme commanders of the Royal Thai Armed Forces.

Gen. Theptat Prommopakorn, now assistant commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army, was appointed to be deputy commander-in-chiefof the Royal Thai Army.

Gen. Lertrat Ratanavanich, a senior army expert, and Lt. Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratklin, a commander of a special combat unit, were appointed to be assistant commanders-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army.

Gen. Hern Vanaprasert, current commanding general of the SecondArmy Corps, was appointed to be commanding general of the Second Army Area Command.

Adm. Sampop Amarapan, who is now assistant commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, was appointed to be the country's new commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy.

Adm. Peerasak Vacharamul, who is deputy chief of staff of the Royal Thai Navy, was appointed to be deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy, while Adm. Phancharoon Vichayaphaiboonnak, a senior expert of the Royal Thai Navy, was appointed to be assistant commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy.

Adm. Surin Rurng-arom, a special advisor of the Royal Thai Navy,was appointed to be the new chief of staff of the Royal Thai Navy.

The announcement was made after the new appointments, which will take effect as of Oct. 1, were endorsed by the King in a Royal command.

Source: Xinhua

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