HTMS Krabi on Sydney Harbour in October 2013
|Builder:||Mahidol Naval Dockyard, Chonburi
BAE Systems Surface Ships
|Launched:||3 December 2011|
|Commissioned:||26 August 2013|
|Class & type:||Modified River-class patrol vessel|
|Length:||90.5 metres (297 ft)|
|Beam:||13.5 metres (44 ft)|
|Draught:||3.8 metres (12 ft)|
|Installed power:||c. 7.2 MW (9,700 hp)|
|Propulsion:||2 × MAN 16v 28/33D diesel engines
2 × controllable-pitch propellers
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h) max|
|Thales Variant surveillance radar and Thales Lirod Mk2 fire control radar|
|Aircraft carried:||One AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||20 meter flight deck|
HTMS Krabi (OPV-551) is an offshore patrol vessel of the Royal Thai Navy. She is a modified River-class patrol vessel, and was built by Mahidol Naval Dockyard, with design and technology transfer support from BAE Systems Surface Ships. Additional construction took place at the Royal Thai Navy Mahidol Dockyard in Sattahip.
The contract for the construction of Krabi was signed in June 2009, and building began in August 2010. Krabi was launched on 3 December 2011 in a ceremony attended by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. After launching, she began outfitting, and is expected to enter service in 2013. The Thai Navy plans to use Krabi to patrol Thailand's Economic Exclusion Zone, as well as for fishery and natural resource protection and disaster relief.
Krabi is 91 meters in length, and carries an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun and two MSI 30mm secondary guns for primary defense, as well as machine guns. She carries one AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter flying from a 20 metres (66 ft) flight deck. Her top speed is expected to be over 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph), and she is powered by two MAN 16v 28/33D diesel engines, making about 7.2 megawatts (9,700 hp). She is equipped with a Thales Variant surveillance radar, a Thales Lirod Mk2 fire control radar and the Thales Tacticos combat management system.
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