Thailand prepares to reform the Ministry of Defense

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha prepares to reform the Ministry of Defense

The upcoming reshuffle will see a change in the heads of Thailand’s naval and air forces, with Royal Navy chief Admiral Somprasong Nilsamai and Royal Air Force chief Napadej Dhuphtemiya both retiring at the end of September.

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will meet with top military officials later this month to discuss the upcoming annual overhaul.

According to a Defense Ministry source in the Bangkok Post, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will meet with top military officials later this month to discuss the upcoming annual overhaul, which will appoint new naval and air force chiefs.

The source said the meeting would be attended by the commander of the three services and deputy defense minister, but could have to be postponed or chaired by Deputy Defense Minister Chaichan Changmongkol if the Constitutional Court decides to suspend Prayut pending a ruling on the leader’s term limits.