The Tatmadaw (Navy) commissioned seven new vessels into service yesterday, to commemorate its 71st anniversary.
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attended the ceremony held at the No. 3 Jetty of the Navy in Yangon.
Speaking at the ceremony, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing appreciated the officers and other ranks of the Naval Dockyard Command Headquarters for their work for construction a 65-meter floating dock which is one of the vessels commissioned into service yesterday.
The commissioning of the floating dock would benefit the Navy as it would provide services to the vessels from far off navy camps, reducing time and minimizing costs and convenience, said the Commander-in-Chief.
He said that he took pride in constructing vessels including frigates by the Myanmar Navy by itself, calling on it for constructing further vessels which would meet better quality standards.
The Senior General also called on the Tatmadaw (Navy) to step into the Blue Water Navy, expressing his delight to attend the ceremony which was considered significant to show the construction capability of the navy.
In the evening, the Commander-in-Chief and party went to the Ayeyawady Naval Headquarters on a naval vessel.
At the headquarters, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and wife formally opened a booth to mark the 71st Anniversary of Tatmadaw (Navy).
At the Naval Headquarters in Yangon yesterday morning, the Senior General and party viewed the equipment produced by the navy.
Afterwards, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met with retired chiefs of Myanmar navy, air force and senior military officers, and spoke about construction of naval vessels by the engineers of the Tatmadaw (Navy) and capability of the Navy to protect the territorial waters of Myanmar and upgrading of the Tatmadaw (Navy) to become a modern one.
He also visited the naval dockyard in a motorcade. At the Hydrodynamic Towing Tank, an officer reported on test of naval vessels in the tank, according to the information released by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services.