RTAF Coral Reef Squadron Declares an ‘Operational Status’!
C-47 Dakota deploying into the sea.
🙂 After the storm warning caused a deployment to be delayed to November, on 29 November 2008, RTAF finally deploys its Coral Reef Squadron in its newly-constrct ‘sea base’ in the Andaman sea outside the beach of Phuket.
Aircrafts of Coral Reef Squadron consist of 4 C-47s Dakota and 6 S-58Ts. The commission ceremony took placed on the ship from Sang Charoen Shipping Industry Co., Ltd.
It would be take some time to complete all work. Scubadiver can visit the site next year.
You can visit the Squadron’s official website here.
Gov Preecha poses with Thai Dive Association (TDA) members after his dive at the Coral Reef Squadron project site yesterday. Photo courtesy TDA.
BANG TAO: Phuket Governor Preecha Ruangjan yesterday went to personally inspect progress on the sinking of the “Coral Reef Squadron”, an artificial reef project being sunk about two kilometers off the coast at Bang Tao Bay.
Like many newcomers to Phuket, the new governor, who comes from landlocked Phichit province, is allocating some time here to learn how to dive.
Rainer Gottwald, President of the Thai Dive Association’s Technical Committee that is overseeing work, said everything is going according to schedule despite some strong currents and poor visibility at the project site.
After the submarine inspection, Gov Preecha gave interviews to the national and international press urging people not to cancel their holidays and to visit Phuket to catch a glimpse of the island’s latest tourist attraction.
The sinking of the final Douglas C-47 Dakota Skytrain aircraft will take place tomorrow, when a big “grand opening” event is planned by the TDA, the For Sea Foundation, the Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization and many other state and local government agencies.
A source at the Tourism Authority of Thailand Southern Region 4 Office said this afternoon that they cannot confirm whether or not Mr Weerasak will be able to attend
To learn more about the Coral Reef Squadron, see the front page story in tomorrow’s Phuket Gazette.