The YouTube clip of naval officers doing a Gangnam Style dance was never intended for the public, says the naval commander in charge of their unit.
Aphoto capturedfrom YouTubeshowsnaval officers from Third Naval AreaCommand performing their version of the international hit GangnamStyledance by South Korean rapper Psy.
Third Naval Area commander Tharaton Khachitsuwan said the video clip showing members of the Thai navy performing a Gangnam Style dance was part of an entertainment programme for retired personnel.
Vice Adm Tharaton said the video was played during a retirement party on Sept 26 in Phuket.
After that, it was posted on YouTube and picked up by television news programmes the next morning.
The commander said he had told his subordinates to come up with something fun for the party, which officers of various ranks and other staff could perform together.
Vice Adm Tharaton said the performance was never intended to be made public.
The video was created in good faith and as a goodwill gesture for the navy's retirees.
He said he was sorry if some people found it improper or offensive.
A source in the navy said Navy Commander Surasak Rounroengrom did not regard it a serious offence.
The navy's video clip has received about 170,000 views on YouTube, while the original clip performed by Park Jae-sang or "Psy" has generated millions of views worldwide.
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