List of commanders-in-chief of the Royal Thai Navy

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Chief of the Royal Thai Navy
ผู้บัญชาการทหารเรือ
Flag for Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy.svg
Rank flag of the commander-in-chief
Incumbent
Admiral Luechai Rutdit

since 1 October 2018
NominatorMinister of Defense
AppointerKing of Thailand
Inaugural holderSai Sanidwongse
as the officer-general
FormationApril 8, 1887
WebsiteNavy leadership

The Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Navy (Thai: ผู้บัญชาการทหารเรือไทย), currently Admiral Luechai Rutdit, who is headquartered in Bangkok. Prior to 1887, the Navy was divided between the Front Palace and the Grand Palace, afterward the Navies were combined to create the Royal Siamese Navy.

The following individuals have commanded the Royal Thai Navy:

Royal Siamese Navy[edit]

Two-Palace Navy (1865–1887)[edit]

Royal Palace Navy (ทหารเรือวังหลวง)
No. Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
Chao Phraya Si Suriyawongse
Suriyawongse, SiChao Phraya Si Suriyawongse
(1808–1883)
1851186917–18 years
2
Chao Phraya Surawongwaiwat [th]
SurawongwaiwatChao Phraya Surawongwaiwat [th]
(1828–1888)
1869188717–18 years
Front Palace Navy (ทหารเรือวังหน้า)
No. Name Took office Left office Time in office
1
King Pinklao
PinklaoKing Pinklao
(1808–1866)
1851186513–14 years
2
Prince Wichaichan
WichaichanPrince Wichaichan
(1838–1885)
18651885 †19–20 years

Navy Department (1887–1910)[edit]

No. Name Took office Left office Time in office
Officer-General to the Navy
1
Prince Sai Sanidvongs [th]
Sanidvongs, SaiVice Admiral
Prince Sai Sanidvongs [th]
(1845–1912)
8 April 188714 April 18903 years, 6 days
Commander of the Navy Department
2
Prince Kachornchratwongse [th]
KachornchratwongseVice Admiral
Prince Kachornchratwongse [th]
(1843–1898)
15 April 189025 March 1898 †7 years, 344 days
3
Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong
Nuwattiwong, NarisaraGeneral
Prince Narisara Nuwattiwong
(1863–1947)
27 March 189831 August 18991 year, 157 days
4
Prince Prachak Silapakhom [th]
Silapakhom, PrachakMajor General
Prince Prachak Silapakhom [th]
(1856–1924)
2 September 189915 January 1900135 days
5
Phraya Chonlayutthayothin (Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu)
Richelieu, AndreasVice Admiral
Phraya Chonlayutthayothin
(Andreas du Plessis de Richelieu)

(1852–1932)
16 January 190029 January 19011 year, 13 days
-
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
Savangwongse, BhanurangsiAdmiral of the Fleet
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
Acting
29 January 190116 February 19021 year, 18 days
6
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
Savangwongse, BhanurangsiAdmiral of the Fleet
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
17 February 190224 February 19031 year, 7 days
7
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
Sukhumbandhu, ParibatraAdmiral of the Fleet
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
(1881–1944)
24 February 190310 December 19107 years, 289 days

Ministry of the Navy (1910–1932)[edit]

No. Name Title Took office Left office Time in office
7
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
Sukhumbandhu, ParibatraAdmiral of the Fleet
Prince Paribatra Sukhumbandhu
(1881–1944)
Minister of the Navy11 December 191018 June 19209 years, 190 days
(6)
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
Savangwongse, BhanurangsiAdmiral of the Fleet
Prince Bhanurangsi Savangwongse
(1859–1928)
Director-General of the Navy19 June 192031 August 19222 years, 73 days
8
Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse
Kiartivongse, AbhakaraAdmiral
Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse
(1880–1923)
Minister of the Navy1 October 192219 May 1923 †230 days
9
Prince Asdang Dejavudh
Dejavudh, AsdangAdmiral
Prince Asdang Dejavudh
(1889–1924)
Director-General of the Navy1 July 19239 February 1924 †223 days
10
Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha
Chalermlabha, VudhijayaAdmiral
Prince Vudhijaya Chalermlabha
(1883–1947)
Minister of the Navy13 February 192430 June 19328 years, 138 days

Royal Thai Navy[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Term begins Term ends
11 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Rear Admiral Phraya Preechacholayudha 1932 1933
12 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Captain Phraya Wichcitcholathai 5 August 1933 15 December 1933
13
(1)
Sindhu Kamolnavin.gif Admiral Sindh Kamalanavin 11 January 1934 1 May 1934
14 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Rear Admiral Phraya Wichanworajak 1934 1938
13
(2)
Sindhu Kamolnavin.gif Admiral Sindh Kamalanavin 1938 1951
15 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Luang Pholasinthanawat 2 July 1951 1 December 1951
16 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral of the Fleet Luang Yuthasastr Kosol 1951 1957
17 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Luang Chamnanarthayutha 1957 1962
18 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Sawat Phutianands 1962 1964
19 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Prince Kanchitpon Apakorn 1964 1966
20 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Charoon Charlermtiarana 1966 1971
21 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Thawin Rayananonda 1971 1972
22 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Komon Sitakalin 1972 1973
23 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Cherdchai Thomya 10 October 1973 18 November 1973
24 สงัด ชลออยู่.jpg Admiral Sangad Chaloryu 1973 1976
25 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Amorn Sirigaya 1976 1978
26 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Kawee Singha 1978 1980
27 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Somboon Chuaphiboon 1981 1983
28 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Prapat Chantawirat 1983 1984
29 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Niphon Sirithorn 1984 1986
30 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Thada Ditthabanchong 1986 1987
31 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Prapat Krishnachan 1987 1991
32 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Vichet Karunyavanij 1991 1993
33 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Prachet Siridej 1993 1996
34 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Wichit Chamnankarn 1996 1997
35 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Suvatchai Kasemsook 1997 1998
36 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Thira Hao-Charoen 1998 2000
37 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Prasert Boonsong 2000 2002
38 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Taweesak Somapha 2002 2003
39 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Chumpol Patchusanont 2003 2004
40 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Samphop Amrapal 2004 2005
41 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Sathiraphan Keyanon 2005 2008
42 Kamthorn Phumhiran.jpg Admiral Khamthorn Pumhiran 2008 2011
43 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Surasak Runroengrom 2011 2012
44 คณะกรรมการส่งเสริมการพัฒนาเด็กและเยาวชนแห่งชาติ 3-2559 (2).jpg Admiral Narong Pipathanasai 2012 2014
45 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Kraison Chansuwanit 2014 2015
46 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Na Arreenich 2015 2017
47 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Narit Prathumsuwan 2017 2018
48 No picture Royal Thai navy.svg Admiral Luechai Rutdit [th] 2018 Incumbent

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