Enjoy these pictures taken during our welcome party.
Our Navy League holds what we call a "ships welcome party" for some of the ship's officers, chiefs, and crew. The time is certainly lots of fun for everyone attending, and maybe most of all for those of us putting it on, just check out the smiles on the faces. In many of these pictures you'll see one of our League members presenting what is certainly a unique gift, a pah kamah cloth (pictured left) emblaizoned with one of our Phuket Navy League Patches (right). A pah kamah, literally a "cloth of the people," is ubiquitous throughout Thailand and is commonly worn in place of trousers or shorts, or used as a belt-like waist sash or even a head cloth. When used as a belt the pah kamah often will be used to secure a machete, axe or other tool.