HTMS Naresuan

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HTMS Naresuan in Hong Kong.JPG
HTMS Naresuan (FFG 421)
Career (Thailand) Naval Ensign of Thailand.svg
Class and type: Type 053 frigate
Name: HTMS Naresuan
Builder: China State Shipbuilding Corporation, Shanghai
Laid down: 1991
Launched: July 1993
Commissioned: 15 December 1994
Motto: Valiant, Brave, Fight for the Nation. (องอาจ กล้าหาญ สู้เพื่อชาติ)
Status: In service of 2013
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,985 tons full load
Length: 120.5 m
Beam: 13.7 m
Draught: 6 m
Propulsion: 1 × General Electric LM2500+ gas turbine and 2 × MTU 20V1163 TB83 diesel engines, driving two shafts with controllable pitch propellers in CODOG configuration.
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h) max
Range: 4000 nmi(7408 km) at 18 kn
Complement: 150
Sensors and
processing systems:

Saab Sea Giraffe AMD 3D surveillance radar
Thales LW08 long range search radar
Raytheon AN/SPS-64 Navigation radar
Selex IFF SIT422CI&M425
Saab 9LV Mk.4 with Saab TIDLS combat management system
2 x Saab Ceros 200 fire control radar
Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ radar

Atlas DSQS-24d sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
ESM ITT ES-3601 (AN/SLQ-4)
ECM Type 984-1 noise jammer&Type 981-3 deception jammer
Decoys Terma SKWS (C-Guard)
Armament:

1 × 5 in/54 (127 mm) Mk-45 Mod 2 naval artillery gun
2 x 30mm MSI-DSL DS30MR automated small calibre gun

8 cell Mk.41 vertical launch system for 32 x RIM-162 ESSM
8 x RGM-84 Harpoon SSM launcher
2 x triple 324 mm Mk-32 Mod.5 tubes
Aircraft carried: 1 x Super Lynx 300

HTMS (His Thai Majesty's Ship) Naresuan (FFG 421), (Thai: นเรศวร) hull number 621, commissioned in 1995, is a modified version of the Chinese-made Type 053 frigate, corporate designed between Royal Thai Navy and China but built by the China State Shipbuilding Corporation in Shanghai. Her sister ship, HTMS Taksin was delivered in November 1995. The ships came at 2 billion baht each, much less than the 8 billion baht price tag for Western-built frigates.

When Thailand ordered four new 053 frigates in 1990, China built them to the (then) latest 053H2 (Jianghu III) standard. Two were modified with helicopter decks in the back. Although the price was excellent (2 billion baht each, compared to 8 billion baht for western ships), the Thai Navy complained of quality issues. The interior wiring was exposed and had to be re-wired. The ship's battle damage control system was very limited, with poor fire-suppression system and water-tight locks. It's said that if the ship's hull was breached, rapid flooding would lead to loss of ship. The Thai Navy had to spent considerable time and effort to correct some of these issues.[1]

The harsh criticisms lead to many improvements in China's shipbuilding industry. By the mid-1990s, the Thai Navy was confident enough to order two enlarged 053 hulls (F25T), later named HTMS Naresuan and HTMS Taksin, to be fitted with western engines and weapon systems.

Upgrade[edit]

On 3 June 2011, Saab announced[2] 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 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 Erieye surveillance aircraft.

On 8 August 2012, DSCA announced[3] Thailand's intention to acquire the Evolved Sea Sparrow missile and associated equipment to upgrade the frigates and a Letter of Offer and Acceptance was signed[4] with Raytheon on 14 January 2013.

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