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Two Thai navy ships assigned to the international anti-piracy task force off Somalia -- HTMS Similan and HTMS Pattani -- arrive home on Thursday morning after 137 days of patrolling the Gulf of Aden.Photos by Jetjaras Na Ranong

20 Jan 2011
- One of the two Thai ships returns to port at Sattahip naval base on Thursday morning, 137 days after it left on Sept 10. The anti-piracy mission ended on Dec 31.

- One of the two Thai ships returns to port at Sattahip naval base on Thursday morning, 137 days after it left on Sept 10. The anti-piracy mission ended on Dec 31.

The sailors' families gather at Chuk Samet naval base in Sattahip district, Chon Buri, with smiles and flowers in a welcome-home ceremony chaired by Admiral Kamthorn Phumhiran, the navy commander-in-chief.

The sailors' families gather at Chuk Samet naval base in Sattahip district, Chon Buri, with smiles and flowers in a welcome-home ceremony chaired by Admiral Kamthorn Phumhiran, the navy commander-in-chief.

Sailors embark from HTMS Similan which, along with HTMS Pattani, took part in the international effort to patrol the Gulf of Aden.

Sailors embark from HTMS Similan which, along with HTMS Pattani, took part in the international effort to patrol the Gulf of Aden.

The returning sailors are welcomed home in a grand ceremony organised by the Royal Thai Navy.

The returning sailors are welcomed home in a grand ceremony organised by the Royal Thai Navy.

After more than four months at sea keeping at bay pirates off the coast of Somalia, Thai sailors arrive home and back into the arms of their families.

After more than four months at sea keeping at bay pirates off the coast of Somalia, Thai sailors arrive home and back into the arms of their families.

Home at last: A reunion scene for one of the 351 sailors who joined the international anti-piracy mission

Home at last: A reunion scene for one of the 351 sailors who joined the international anti-piracy mission