Royal Thai Navy
Overview
 
The Royal Thai Navy is the navy of Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

 and part of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, it was established in the late 19th century. Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse
Abhakara Kiartiwongse
Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon, , was the 28th child of King ChulalongkornHis familiar other names, Sadej Tia or Doctor Phon or Prince of Chumphon, will command deep respect from Thai people from navy officers to rural villagers.He spent his early years studying Naval...

 (1880–1923) is "The Father of Royal Thai Navy". Similar to the organizational structure of the United States, the Royal Thai Navy includes the Naval Fleet, and the Royal Thai Marine Corps.
Encyclopedia
The Royal Thai Navy is the navy of Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

 and part of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, it was established in the late 19th century. Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse
Abhakara Kiartiwongse
Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon, , was the 28th child of King ChulalongkornHis familiar other names, Sadej Tia or Doctor Phon or Prince of Chumphon, will command deep respect from Thai people from navy officers to rural villagers.He spent his early years studying Naval...

 (1880–1923) is "The Father of Royal Thai Navy". Similar to the organizational structure of the United States, the Royal Thai Navy includes the Naval Fleet, and the Royal Thai Marine Corps. The Royal Thai Navy operates out of Sattahip Naval Base. Thailand is the only Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia, South-East Asia, South East Asia or Southeastern Asia is a subregion of Asia, consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. The region lies on the intersection of geological plates, with heavy seismic...

n country which operates an Aircraft Carrier
Aircraft carrier
An aircraft carrier is a warship designed with a primary mission of deploying and recovering aircraft, acting as a seagoing airbase. Aircraft carriers thus allow a naval force to project air power worldwide without having to depend on local bases for staging aircraft operations...

.

The Royal Thai Navy operates in three Naval Area Commands:
  • First Naval Area Command: responsible for the Northern part of Gulf of Thailand
    Gulf of Thailand
    The Gulf of Thailand , also known in to Malays as Teluk Siam literally meant Gulf of Siam, is a shallow arm of the South China Sea.-Geography:...

  • Second Naval Area Command: responsible for the Southern part of Gulf of Thailand
    Gulf of Thailand
    The Gulf of Thailand , also known in to Malays as Teluk Siam literally meant Gulf of Siam, is a shallow arm of the South China Sea.-Geography:...

  • Third Naval Area Command: responsible for the Andaman Sea
    Andaman Sea
    The Andaman Sea or Burma Sea is a body of water to the southeast of the Bay of Bengal, south of Burma, west of Thailand and east of the Andaman Islands, India; it is part of the Indian Ocean....

     (Indian Ocean
    Indian Ocean
    The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's oceanic divisions, covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded on the north by the Indian Subcontinent and Arabian Peninsula ; on the west by eastern Africa; on the east by Indochina, the Sunda Islands, and...

    )

The Royal Thai Navy also has two air wings, operating 40 fixed wing aircraft and 30 helicopters from Utapao, Songkhla
Songkhla
Songkhla is a city in the Songkhla Province of southern Thailand, near the border with Malaysia. As of 2006 it had a population of 75,048...

 and Phuket
Phuket Province
Phuket , formerly known as Thalang and, in Western sources, Junk Ceylon , is one of the southern provinces of Thailand...

. The First Royal Thai Navy wing has 4 squadrons and the Second Royal Thai Navy wing has 3 squadrons.
Moreover, the Royal Thai Navy also consists of 1 Royal Thai Marine Corps division, 1 Air and Coastal Defense Division, Royal Thai Navy SEALs
Royal Thai Navy SEALs
The Underwater Demolition Assault Unit of the Royal Thai Navy is a 144-man special operations force within the Military of Thailand. The unit is colloquially known as หน่วยซีล, the Thai language word for Seals as in the pinniped animals...

 and 1 Riverine Patrol Regiment.

The United States Navy
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

 and Royal Thai Navy conduct the annual joint operation Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training
Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training
The Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training is a series of annual bilateral military exercises conducted by United States Pacific Fleet with several member nations of ASEAN in Southeast Asia. Currently, the navies of Bangledesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines,...

 (CARAT). CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the U.S. Navy
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is the largest in the world; its battle fleet tonnage is greater than that of the next 13 largest navies combined. The U.S...

 and the armed forces of Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia
Indonesia
Indonesia , officially the Republic of Indonesia , is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 13,000 islands. It has 33 provinces with over 238 million people, and is the world's fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an...

, Brunei
Brunei
Brunei , officially the State of Brunei Darussalam or the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace , is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia...

 and Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

.

Command and Control

The Royal Thai Navy is commanded by the Commander of the Royal Thai Navy currently Admiral Khamthorn Pumhiran, who was appointed in 2008. The Royal Thai Navy Headquarters is located in Derm Palace, Wang Derm Road, Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok is the capital and largest urban area city in Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep , meaning "city of angels." The full name of Bangkok is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom...

, Thailand
Thailand
Thailand , officially the Kingdom of Thailand , formerly known as Siam , is a country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula and Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the...

.
  • Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Surasak Runroengrom
  • Deputy Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Weerapon Kitsombat
  • Assistant Commander-in-Chief: Admiral Amorntep Na Bangchang
  • Chief of Staff of the Navy: Admiral Damrongsak Hoajarhun

Combatant Vessels


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|Aircraft carrier
Aircraft carrier
An aircraft carrier is a warship designed with a primary mission of deploying and recovering aircraft, acting as a seagoing airbase. Aircraft carriers thus allow a naval force to project air power worldwide without having to depend on local bases for staging aircraft operations...


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|HTMS Chakri Naruebet
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|HTMS Chakri Naruebet
|Based on the Spanish Navy
Spanish Navy
The Spanish Navy is the maritime branch of the Spanish Armed Forces, one of the oldest active naval forces in the world. The Armada is responsible for notable achievements in world history such as the discovery of Americas, the first world circumnavigation, and the discovery of a maritime path...

's Principe de Asturias design
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|Knox class
Knox class frigate
Knox class frigates were United States Navy warships, originally laid down as ocean escorts , but were all redesignated as frigates on 30 June 1975 in the USN 1975 ship reclassification and their hull designation changed from DE to FF.A sub-class of the Knox class was built, commonly referred to as...


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  • HTMS Phutthayotfa Chulalok
  • HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai
    HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai
    HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai is the former , a .The Royal Thai Navy purchased the ship from the US Navy after she was decommissioned on August 6, 1993...


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|Naresuan class
HTMS Naresuan
HTMS Naresuan , hull number 621, commissioned in 1995, is a modified version of the Chinese-made Type 053 frigate, designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Shanghai. Her sister ship, HTMS Taksin was delivered in November 1995...


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  • HTMS Naresuan
    HTMS Naresuan
    HTMS Naresuan , hull number 621, commissioned in 1995, is a modified version of the Chinese-made Type 053 frigate, designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Shanghai. Her sister ship, HTMS Taksin was delivered in November 1995...

  • HTMS Taksin
    HTMS Taksin
    HTMS Taksin , hull number 622, commissioned in 1995, is a modified version of the Chinese-made Type 053 frigate, designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Shanghai...


|Mid-Life Upgraded on progress with installing 8 x Mk41 VLS for RIM-162 ESSM, Saab's 9LV MK4 CMS, Sea Giraffe AMB
GIRAFFE Radar
The Saab GIRAFFE Radar is a family of land and naval two- or three-dimensional G/H-band radar-based surveillance and air defense command and control systems tailored for operations with medium- and Short Range Air Defense missile or gun systems or for use as gap-fillers in a larger air defense...

, CEROS 200 fire control radar, EOS 500 electro-optics system, New CIWS
Close-in weapon system
A close-in weapon system , often pronounced sea-whiz, is a naval shipboard point-defense weapon for detecting and destroying at short range incoming anti-ship missiles and enemy aircraft which have penetrated the outer defenses....

 and data link systems
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|Chao Phraya class
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  • HTMS Chao Phraya
  • HTMS Bangpakong
    HTMS Bangpakong
    The following ships of the Royal Thai Navy have been named Bangpakong:*HTMS Bangpakong, a Flower class corvette, previously HMS Burnet of the Royal Navy and of the Royal Indian Navy, acquired in 1947...

  • HTMS Kraburi
  • HTMS Saiburi

|Modernized Jianghu-class. HTMS Kraburi and HTMS Saiburi are during Mid-Life Upgraded with Type 360 Radar
Type 360 Radar
The Type 360 is an air/surface search radar manufactured by Yangzhou Marine Electronic Instruments Research Institute / No. 723 Institute and is reportedly based on Selenia RAN-10S / SPS – 774...

 (SR-60A) with improved IFF, New CMS, NG12-1 Twin-barrel 100mm Naval Gun, TR47C Tracking Radar
Type 347 Radar
The Type 347G "Rice Lamp" I-band fire-control radar is found on older Chinese Navy ships, in conjection with the Type 76A dual-37mm automatic AAA gun. Typically, the system includes 2 Type 347G fire-control radar with optical director, and 4 Type 76A guns...

, 8 x C802A missiles
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|HTMS Makut Rajakumarn
HTMS Makut Rajakumarn
The HTMS Makut Rajakumarn is a frigate operated by the Royal Thai Navy. The ship was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Glasgow, Scotland. The ship entered service in 1973 and is currently in service as a training ship....


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|HTMS Makut Rajakumarn
HTMS Makut Rajakumarn
The HTMS Makut Rajakumarn is a frigate operated by the Royal Thai Navy. The ship was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Glasgow, Scotland. The ship entered service in 1973 and is currently in service as a training ship....


|Currently used as Offshore Patrol Vessel and/or training role
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|Cannon class DE
Cannon class destroyer escort
The Cannon class destroyer escorts were built primarily for ocean Anti-Submarine Warfare escort service during World War II. The lead ship, was commissioned on 26 September 1943 at Wilmington, Delaware. The class was also known as the DET type from their Diesel Electric Tandem drive. Of the 116...


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|HTMS Pin Klao
|Former USS Hemminger (DE-746)
USS Hemminger (DE-746)
USS Hemminger was a built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys...

. Currently used as training ship
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|Offshore Patrol Vessel
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|Pattani class
HTMS Pattani
HTMS PattaniHis Thai Majesty's Ship; see Ship prefix. is one of two Pattani-class offshore patrol vessels currently commissioned by the Royal Thai Navy....


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  • HTMS Pattani (No.511)
  • HTMS Narathiwat (No.512)

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|Corvette
Corvette
A corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, originally smaller than a frigate and larger than a coastal patrol craft or fast attack craft , although many recent designs resemble frigates in size and role...


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|Ratanakosin class
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  • HTMS Ratanakosin
  • HTMS Sukhothai

|US built PFMM Mk.16 class. During upgraded Electronic systems.
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|Khamrosin class
Khamronsin class corvette
Khamronsin class corvettes are three ships that were built for the Royal Thai Navy in the late 1980s. All three ships remain in service.-Units:* HTMS Kamronsin * HTMS Thayanchon * HTMS Longlom...


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  • HTMS Kamronsin
  • HTMS Thaychanon
  • HTMS Longlom

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|Tapi class
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  • HTMS Tapi
  • HTMS Khirirat

|US built PF103 Type
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Other Vessels

  • Fast Attack Craft-Missile (FAC-M)
    Missile boat
    A Missile Boat is a small craft armed with anti-ship missiles. Being a small craft, missile boats are popular with nations interested in forming an inexpensive navy...

    : 6
  • Fast Attack Craft-Gun (FAC-G)
    Fast Attack Craft
    Fast Attack Craft are small, fast, agile and offensive warships, that are armed with anti-ship missiles, guns or torpedoes. These are usually operated in close proximity to land as they lack both the sea-keeping and all-round defensive capabilities to survive in blue water. The size of the vessel...

    : 3
  • Patrol boats: 62
  • Amphibious assault vehicle
    Amphibious Assault Vehicle
    The Assault Amphibious Vehicle —official designation AAV-7A1 is a fully tracked amphibious landing vehicle manufactured by U.S. Combat Systems .The AAV-7A1 is the current amphibious troop transport of the United States Marine Corps...

    : 14, including 1 LPD (on order), 2 LST, 2 LCU
    Landing Craft Utility
    The Landing Craft Utility is a type of boat used by amphibious forces to transport equipment and troops to the shore. They are capable of transporting tracked or wheeled vehicles and troops from amphibious assault ships to beachheads or piers....

    , 9 LCT
    Landing craft tank
    The Landing Craft, Tank was an amphibious assault ship for landing tanks on beachheads. They were initially developed by the British Royal Navy and later by the United States Navy during World War II in a series of versions. Initially known as the "Tank Landing Craft" by the British, they later...

  • Mine Counter Measure Vessels: 18
  • Mekong River Patrol Boats: ~200 (Including 40 Mk.II class PBR
    Patrol Boat, River
    Patrol Boat, River , or PBR, is the United States Navy designation for a small rigid-hulled patrol boat used in the Vietnam War from March 1966 until the end of 1971...

    )
  • Fleet support ships: 21


Royal Thai Naval Air and Coastal Defense Command

Coastal Defense Command was formed in 1992 under the control of the Royal Fleet Headquarters, with one coastal defense regiment (equipped with 155 mm artillery) and one air defense regiment (equipped with 40 mm and 37 mm anti-aircraft guns as well as HN-5A MANPADs). Personnel were initially drawn from the Royal Thai Marine Corps but are now being recruited directly. The First Coastal Defense Regiment is based near the Marine Corps facility at Sattahip. The First Air Defense Regiment near the Naval Air Wing at Utapao. Coastal Defense Command was greatly expanded in 1992, following the government's decision in 1988 to charge the RTN with the responsibility of defending the entire Eastern Seaboard and Southern Seaboard Development Project. The Second Air Defense Regiment, based at Songkhla
Songkhla
Songkhla is a city in the Songkhla Province of southern Thailand, near the border with Malaysia. As of 2006 it had a population of 75,048...

, was then formed on the following year. Some analysts believe this element will eventually grow to a strength of up to 15,000.
  • The First Air Defense Regiment; to perform an Anti-aircraft warfare
    Anti-aircraft warfare
    NATO defines air defence as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action." They include ground and air based weapon systems, associated sensor systems, command and control arrangements and passive measures. It may be to protect naval, ground and air forces...

     on Northern Gulf of Thailand
    Gulf of Thailand
    The Gulf of Thailand , also known in to Malays as Teluk Siam literally meant Gulf of Siam, is a shallow arm of the South China Sea.-Geography:...

     with 3 Anti-aircraft Battalions.
  • The Second Air Defense Regiment; to perform an Anti-aircraft warfare
    Anti-aircraft warfare
    NATO defines air defence as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action." They include ground and air based weapon systems, associated sensor systems, command and control arrangements and passive measures. It may be to protect naval, ground and air forces...

     on Southern Gulf of Thailand
    Gulf of Thailand
    The Gulf of Thailand , also known in to Malays as Teluk Siam literally meant Gulf of Siam, is a shallow arm of the South China Sea.-Geography:...

     and Andaman Sea
    Andaman Sea
    The Andaman Sea or Burma Sea is a body of water to the southeast of the Bay of Bengal, south of Burma, west of Thailand and east of the Andaman Islands, India; it is part of the Indian Ocean....

     with 3 Anti-aircraft Battalions.
  • The First Coastal Defense Regiment, having 3 Artillery
    Artillery
    Originally applied to any group of infantry primarily armed with projectile weapons, artillery has over time become limited in meaning to refer only to those engines of war that operate by projection of munitions far beyond the range of effect of personal weapons...

     Battalions.
  • 2 Air and Coastal Defense Command and Control Centers.
  • Air and Coastal Defense Supporting Regiment; 1 transportation battalion, 1 communication battalion, 1 maintenance battalion.

  • Equipment
    • QW-18
      QW-1 Vanguard
      The People's Republic of China developed QW-1 Vanguard is an all-aspect man-portable surface to air missile, from which a series of missiles were developed.-QW-1:...

       MANPADs.
    • Modified PL-9 Surface-to-air missile
      Surface-to-air missile
      A surface-to-air missile or ground-to-air missile is a missile designed to be launched from the ground to destroy aircraft or other missiles...

      s.
    • Type 74, twin 37 mm Anti-aircraft Artillery
      Anti-aircraft warfare
      NATO defines air defence as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action." They include ground and air based weapon systems, associated sensor systems, command and control arrangements and passive measures. It may be to protect naval, ground and air forces...

    • Bofors 40L60 and 40L70 40 mm Anti-aircraft Artillery
      Anti-aircraft warfare
      NATO defines air defence as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action." They include ground and air based weapon systems, associated sensor systems, command and control arrangements and passive measures. It may be to protect naval, ground and air forces...

    • Type 59-I 130mm towed field artilleries
      130 mm towed field gun M1954 (M-46)
      The 130 mm towed field gun M-46 M1954 is a manually loaded, towed 130 mm artillery piece, manufactured in the Soviet Union in the 1950s. It was first observed by the west in 1954...

    • GHN-45 towed howitzers
      GC-45 howitzer
      The GC-45 is a 155 mm howitzer designed by Gerald Bull's Space Research Corporation in the 1970s. Versions were produced by a number of companies during the 1980s, notably in Austria and South Africa...


List of equipment

The majority of the vessels of the Royal Thai Navy are from the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 (nearly half, over 50 of RTN's 130+ vessels). However, RTN also has craft from Spain, Britain, Italy
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

, Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

, Japan
Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

, Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...

, People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China
China , officially the People's Republic of China , is the most populous country in the world, with over 1.3 billion citizens. Located in East Asia, the country covers approximately 9.6 million square kilometres...

 and Australia
Australia
Australia , officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the Southern Hemisphere comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area...

. Additionally, Thailand does produce many of their own vessels, in particular those of smaller displacement.

Main Fleet

  • Mid-Life Upgrading Naresuan Class FFG
    HTMS Naresuan
    HTMS Naresuan , hull number 621, commissioned in 1995, is a modified version of the Chinese-made Type 053 frigate, designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Shanghai. Her sister ship, HTMS Taksin was delivered in November 1995...

    - On 3 June 2011, Saab announced that it was awarded a contract for the upgrading of the two Naresuan class frigates. The scope of the upgrade will include Saab's 9LV MK4 combat management system, Sea Giraffe
    GIRAFFE Radar
    The Saab GIRAFFE Radar is a family of land and naval two- or three-dimensional G/H-band radar-based surveillance and air defense command and control systems tailored for operations with medium- and Short Range Air Defense missile or gun systems or for use as gap-fillers in a larger air defense...

     AMB, CEROS 200 fire control radar, EOS 500 electro-optics system and data link systems for communications with the newly acquired Royal Thai Air Force
    Royal Thai Air Force
    The Royal Thai Air Force or RTAF is the air force of the Kingdom of Thailand. Since its establishment in 1913, as one of the earliest air forces of Asia, the Royal Thai Air Force had engaged in many major and minor battles. During the Vietnam war era, the air force has been developed with USAF-aid...

     Erieye surveillance aircraft.

  • Submarine
    Submarine
    A submarine is a watercraft capable of independent operation below the surface of the water. It differs from a submersible, which has more limited underwater capability...

     Procurement
    - On April 2011, Royal Thai Navy had allocated 7,700 Millions THB in order to acquire 6 used and modernized Type 206 A submarines
    Type 206 submarine
    The Type 206 is a class of diesel-electric submarines developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft . Its design is based on the preceding Type 205 submarine class. These small and agile submarines were built during the Cold War to operate in the shallow Baltic Sea and attack Warsaw Pact shipping if...

     from German Navy
    German Navy
    The German Navy is the navy of Germany and is part of the unified Bundeswehr .The German Navy traces its roots back to the Imperial Fleet of the revolutionary era of 1848 – 52 and more directly to the Prussian Navy, which later evolved into the Northern German Federal Navy...

    . However, an approval from cabinet is still be pending regarding to dissolution of parliament on May 2011.

  • New Offshore Patrol Vessels - On Q4 2009, Royal Thai Navy had announced the construction of a 2000 tons, 75m long OPV based on BAE Systems Surface Ships's Port of Spain class corvette
    Port of Spain class corvette
    The Port of Spain Class are three Offshore Patrol Vessels built by VT Shipbuilding for the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard....

      . The total requirement of Royal Thai Navy is another 3 OPVs, based on this design, to be constructed in Thailand. The new OPV will be equipped with Otobreda 76 mm/62 Super Rapid
    Otobreda 76 mm
    The Otobreda 76 mm gun is a naval artillery piece built by the Italian defence conglomerate Otobreda. It is based on the Oto Melara 76mm/L62 Allargato, which was bigger and heavier...

     main gun, 2 x DS-30M 30 mm Cannon, and 2x .50 MG with the projection to be equipped with SSM when needed.

  • New anti-ship missile - Royal Thai Navy has announced it wishes to purchase a C-802 to replace C-801 on Chao Phraya-class Frigate. The deal also includes the upgrade of Radar, Electronic Warfare, etc. RTN also aims to buy LY-60 SAM, if funds are allocated.

  • New LPD - The Thai Cabinet approved a package of defense modernization deals in a meeting on 9 September 2008. This clears the RTN to purchase an LPD to be designed and built by ST Marine of Singapore, believed to be based on the Endurance-class LPD
    Endurance class landing platform dock ship
    The Endurance class landing platform dock ships are the largest class of ships in the Republic of Singapore Navy . They were designed and built locally by Singapore Technologies Marine to replace the old County class tank landing ships...

    . The ship will be delivered in 2012 at a cost of around US$150million.. The HTMS Angthong (791) was launched on the 21 March 2011.

RTN Flying Unit

  • New tactical transport helicopter - United States
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

     announces the permission to sell 6 MH-60S Navy Hawks to Thai Navy to enhance search and rescue capability. RTN already signed a contact for 2 units and the other 4 will be procured year by year. According to the news on 4 Dec 2007, RTN decided to launch a plan to buy 14 new helicopters. These include four MH-60S and an additional four Super Lynx 300s. The RTN also plan to buy an attack helicopter to replace the AV-8S while still keeping the option open for a fixed-wing aircraft.

  • VIP and MEDEVAC aircraft - Royal Thai Army and Royal Thai Navy signed a contact with Embraer
    Embraer
    Embraer S.A. is a Brazilian aerospace conglomerate that produces commercial, military, and executive aircraft and provides aeronautical services....

     to purchase 2 ERJ-135. 1 aircraft to each force to be used for VIP transportation. RTN version also have a MEDEVAC capability.

RTN Marine Corps and SEALs

  • New APC - RTN signed contact to procure 12 BTR-3
    BTR-3
    The BTR-3 is an 8×8-wheeled armored personnel carrier was designed by Adcom Manufacturing from UAE in 2000/2001 and manufactured by KMDB in Ukraine. The most significant of exports was to the Myanmar Army which acquired 1,000 BTR-3Us, to be assembled in Myanmar...

     from Ukraine
    Ukraine
    Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia...

    . This would add to V-150 currently in service in Royal Thai Marine Corps.

Indigenous Product

  • Small patrol ship - By The King initiated, Thai Navy build and commissions its new patrol crafts T.991 Class. The first ship, T.991, was built in the Royal Thai Navy Dock. Another 2, T.992 and T.993, was built by Mason Shipbuilding in Thailand. These ships also inspected and evaluated closely by The King who gave many ideas to this project. He and The Queen also lead the commissioning ceremony on 30 April 2007. Project to build T.994 - T.996 are underway.

  • Local-build OPV - On 11 November 2008, Cabinet approves the plan to build RTN's new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in the deal worth 3 billion Baht. ($USD 85 million) Although RTN still did not unveil the design, the vessel will be built in Mahidol dockyard in Thailand.

  • Underwater craft - Naval Research & Development Office of Royal Thai Navy has awarded contacts to Bangkok Dockyard Co., Ltd. to build an Underwater craft. The craft is 20 tons in displacement and cost 5 million Bath.

Ships and Boats of the RTN

  • HTMS Bangpakong (FFG 456)
  • HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CV911)
  • HTMS Chao Praya (FFG 455)
  • HTMS Chonburi (FAC 331)
  • HTMS Hanhak Sudtru (FAC 312)
  • HTMS Hua Hin (PC 541)
  • HTMS Kamronsin (FS 531)
  • HTMS Kangtang (PC 524)
  • HTMS Khirirat (FF 432) (FF 432 is PF-108)
  • HTMS Klang (PC 542)
  • HTMS Klongyai (PC 522)
  • HTMS Kraburi (FFG 457)
  • HTMS Long Lom (FS 532)
  • HTMS Makut Rajakumarn (FF 433)
  • HTMS Narathiwat (OPV 512)
  • HTMS Naresuan (FFG 421)
  • HTMS Pattani (OPV 511)
  • HTMS Phuket (FAC 333)
  • HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai (FFG 462) (FFG 462 is ex-USS Ouellet (FF-1077))
  • HTMS Phutthayotfa Chulalok (FFG 461) (FFG 461 is ex-USS Truett (FF-1095))
  • HTMS Pin Klao (FF 413) (USS Hemminger (DE-746))
  • HTMS Prabbrorapak (FAC 311)
  • HTMS Rajcharit (FAC 321)
  • HTMS Rattanakosin (FS 441)
  • HTMS Saiburi (FFG 458)
  • HTMS Sattahip (PC 521)
  • HTMS Songkla (FAC 332)
  • HTMS Soo Pirin (FAC 313)
  • HTMS Sriracha (PC 5423)
  • HTMS Sukhothai (FS 442)
  • HTMS Takbai (PC 523)
  • HTMS Taksin (FFG 422)
  • HTMS Tapi (FF 431) (FF 431 is PF-107)
  • HTMS Tayanchon (FS 532)
  • HTMS Theai Mueang (PC 526)
  • HTMS Thepa (PC 525)
  • HTMS U-domdej (FAC 323)
  • HTMS Vitiyakom (FAC 322)

See also

  • Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse
    Abhakara Kiartiwongse
    Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, Prince of Chumphon, , was the 28th child of King ChulalongkornHis familiar other names, Sadej Tia or Doctor Phon or Prince of Chumphon, will command deep respect from Thai people from navy officers to rural villagers.He spent his early years studying Naval...

     Prince of Chumphon
  • Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters
  • Military of Thailand
  • Royal Thai Army
  • Royal Thai Air Force
    Royal Thai Air Force
    The Royal Thai Air Force or RTAF is the air force of the Kingdom of Thailand. Since its establishment in 1913, as one of the earliest air forces of Asia, the Royal Thai Air Force had engaged in many major and minor battles. During the Vietnam war era, the air force has been developed with USAF-aid...

  • Royal Thai Marine Corps
  • Military ranks of the Thai armed forces
    Military ranks of the Thai armed forces
    -Royal Thai Army:The Royal Thai Army is the land based part of the Thai military.-Officers:-Other Ranks:Private 1st Class is a rank assigned to conscripts after they have finished specialist training...

  • Royal Thai Naval Academy
    Royal Thai Naval Academy
    The Royal Thai Naval Academy was established by His Majesty the King Chulalongkorn in 1898. He officially opened the Academy on 20 November 1906. Originally located on the royal yacht Maha Chakri and some other boats donated by H.M...


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