List of equipment in Royal Thai Navy

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This article is a List of equipment in Royal Thai Navy. The majority of the vessels of the Royal Thai Navy are from the United States (nearly half, over 50 of RTN's 130+ vessels). However, RTN also has craft from Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and United Kingdom. Additionally, Thailand does produce many of their own vessels, in particular those of smaller displacement.

Naval Ensign of Thailand.
Naval Jack of Thailand.

Thai dock for example Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard, Asian Marine Services, Marsun Shipbuilding, Italthai Marine, and Bangkok Dock. Thai dock built Corvette, OPV, and Patrol Boat. Future Thai dock plan built Frigate.



Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Future ? Attack submarine ? ... (...) A submarine fleet headquarters at Sattahip Naval Base will be completed in 2014. Thailand has sent officers to attend submarine training in Germany and South Korea, and will also soon complete construction of a Submarine Command Team Trainer.[1] Thai plan Amur, DW-1400T, Type 209, Type 041 submarine in offer.

Aircraft carrier[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Chakri Naruebet
Chakri Naruebet 2001.JPEG
Empresa Nacional Bazán
Aircraft carrier 1 HTMS Chakri Naruebet (CV 911) Based on the Spanish Navy's Principe de Asturias design, Harrier fighters were retired in 2006, used as helicopter carrier.[2]


Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
DW 3000F  South Korea
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard
Multi-role stealth frigate 0(2) ... (...)
... (...)
2 ships on order.Will localy produce under the transfer of technology.[3][4][5] Model from Gwanggaeto class.[6]
Oliver Hazard Perry class[7][8]
USS Rentz FFG-46.jpg
 United States
Vigor Shipyards
Guided missile frigate 0(2) ... (FFG 46)
... (FFG 48)
2 ship offered by US.Ex-USS Rentz (1984–2013) and USS Vandegrift (1984–2013).
Knox class
USS Ouellet FF-1077.jpg
 United States
Avondale Shipyard
Guided missile frigate 2 HTMS Phutthayotfa Chulalok (FFG 461)
HTMS Phutthaloetla Naphalai (FFG 462)
Ex-USS Truett (1974–1994). Leased in 1994. Purchased in 1999 and Ex-USS Ouellet (1970–1993).
Type 025T class
HTMS Naresuan in Hong Kong.JPG
 Thailand (Design)
Guided missile frigate 2 HTMS Naresuan (FFG 421)
HTMS Taksin (FFG 422)
Mid-Life Upgrade in progress with installing 8 x Mk41 VLS for RIM-162 ESSM, Saab's 9LV MK4 CMS, Sea Giraffe AMB, CEROS 200 fire control radar, EOS 500 electro-optics system, New CIWS and data link systems.[9]
Type 053HT class  China
Guided missile frigate 4 HTMS Chao Phraya (FFG 455)
HTMS Bangpakong (FFG 456)
HTMS Kraburi (FFG 457)
HTMS Saiburi (FFG 458)
Modernized Jianghu-class. HTMS Kraburi and HTMS Saiburi are undergoing Mid-Life Upgrade with Type 360 Radar (SR-60A) with improved IFF, New CMS, NG12-1 Twin-barrel 100mm Naval Gun, TR47C Tracking Radar, 8 x C802A missiles.


Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Ratanakosin class
HTMS Rattanakosin (FSG 441).jpg
 United States
Tacoma Boat
Guided missile Corvette 2 HTMS Rattanakosin (FS 441)
HTMS Sukhothai (FS 442)
US built PFMM Mk.16 class. Undergoing upgraded Electronic systems.


Tapi class  United States
American Shipbuilding
ASW Corvette 2 HTMS Tapi (FF 431)
HTMS Khirirat (FF 432)
Anti-submarine warfare corvette.
Khamronsin class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard and Italthai Marine
ASW Corvette 3 HTMS Khamronsin (FS 531)
HTMS Tayanchon (FS 532)
HTMS Long Lom (FS 533)
Anti-submarine warfare corvette.

Patrol vessels[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
River class
RAN-IFR 2013 D3 43.JPG
 United Kingdom
Vosper Thornycroft
Bangkok Dock
Offshore patrol vessel 1 HTMS Krabi (OPV 551) United Kingdom design to Built in Thailand and locally produced.[10]
Pattani class  China
 Thailand (Design)
Offshore patrol vessel 2 HTMS Pattani (OPV 511)
HTMS Narathiwat (OPV 512)
Thailand design to Built in China.Armed with RGM-84 Harpoon missile
Makut Rajakumarn class  United Kingdom
Yarrow Shipbuilders
Offshore patrol vessel 1 HTMS Makut Rajakumarn (FF 433) Currently used as Offshore Patrol Vessel and/or training role.
Hua Hin class  Thailand
Asian Marine Services and Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard
 China (Design)
Patrol Boat 3 HTMS Hua Hin (PC 541)
HTMS Klang (PC 542)
HTMS Sriracha (PC 543)
China design to Built in Thailand.
PSMM Mk.5 Class  Thailand
Italthai Marine
Patrol Boat 6 HTMS Sattahip (PC 521)
HTMS Klongyai (PC 522)
HTMS Takbai (PC 523)
HTMS Kangtang (PC 524)
HTMS Thepa (PC 525)
HTMS Theai Mueang (PC 526)
Tor 991 class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard and Marsun Shipbuilding
Patrol Boat 3 HTMS Tor 991 (T.991)
HTMS Tor 992 (T.992)
HTMS Tor 993 (T.993)
An enlarged, modernized version of the Tor 91 class. Extra '9' added in honour of King Rama IX who offered input on the project. Vessels launched in 2007.[11][12]
Tor 994 class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard and Marsun Shipbuilding
Patrol Boat 3 HTMS Tor 994 (T.994)
HTMS Tor 995 (T.995)
HTMS Tor 996 (T.996)
Vessels launched in 2011.[13]
M36 class  Thailand
Marsun Shipbuilding
Multi-role Patrol Boat 3 HTMS Tor 111 (T.111)
HTMS Tor 112 (T.112)
HTMS Tor 113 (T.113)
Vessels launched in 2014.[14]
M58 class[15]  Thailand
Marsun Shipbuilding
Patrol Boat 0(+1) ... (...) .[16]
M85 class  Thailand
Marsun Shipbuilding
Patrol Boat 0(+1) ... (...)

Fast Attack Craft[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
BMB-230 Class  Italy
Cantiere Navale Breda
FAC(Missile) 3 HTMS Ratcharit (FAC 321)
HTMS Vitiyakom (FAC 322)
HTMS U-domdej (FAC 323)
FPB-45 Class  Singapore
Singapore Technologies Marine
FAC(Missile) 3 HTMS Prabbrorapak (FAC 311)
HTMS Hanhak Sudtru (FAC 312)
HTMS Soo Pirin (FAC 313)
Similar to Singapore Navy's Seawolf-class missile gunboats (a design based on the West Germany's Lürssen TNC45 FAC[17]).
MV400 Class  Italy
Cantiere Navale Breda
FAC(Gun) 3 HTMS Chonburi (FAC 331)
HTMS Songkla (FAC 332)
HTMS Phuket (FAC 333)
same as Rajcharit class except 76/62 gun in the y position replacing of SSM
  • 2 x 76/62 Oto-Melara Naval Gun
  • 1 x 40/70 Bofors gun
  • 2 x .50" Gun

Training Ship/Salute Ship[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Cannon class DE  United States
Western Pipe and Steel Company
Training ship 1 HTMS Pin Klao (DE-1) Former USS Hemminger (DE-746). Currently used as salute ship.

River Boat[edit]

  • Mk.II class PBR : 39
  • ล.21 class : 6
  • ล.31 class : 132
  • ล.3130 class : 3
  • ล.41 class : 3
  • ล.51 class : 6

Amphibious warfare ship[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Endurance class  Singapore
Singapore Technologies Marine
Landing Platform Dock (LPD) 1 HTMS Angthong (LPD 791) Designed and built by ST Marine of Singapore, believed to be based on the Endurance-class LPD. The HTMS Angthong (791) was launched on the 21 March 2011.
Normed PS 700 class
US Navy 100203-N-6692A-154 The Royal Thai Navy medium landing ship HTMS Surin (LST 722) transits the Gulf of Thialand.jpg
Italthai Marine and Bangkok Dock
Landing ship tank (LST) 2 HTMS Sichang (LST 721)
HTMS Surin (LST 722)

Landing Craft Utility[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Marsun M55 class  Thailand
Marsun Shipbuilding
Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 2 HTMS Mattaphon(ll) (LCU 784)
HTMS Ravi(ll) (LCU 785)
Thongkaeo class  Thailand
Bangkok Dock
Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 4 HTMS Thongkaeo (LCU 771)
HTMS Thonglang (LCU 772)
HTMS Wangnok (LCU 773)
HTMS Wangnai (LCU 774)
Mannok class  Thailand
Silkline International - Australian Submarine Corperation (ASC) Joint Venture
Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 3 HTMS Mannok (LCU 781)
HTMS Mannai (LCU 782)
HTMS Manklang (LCU 783)

Replenishment ships[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Quiandaohu class  China
Auxiliary ship 1 HTMS Similan (AOR 871)
Jula class(ll)  Singapore
Singmarine Shipyard
Replenishment oiler 1 HTMS Jula(ll) (YO 831)
YOG-5 Class  United States
Albina Engine and Machine Works
Replenishment oiler 1 HTMS Samui(ll) (YO 832)
Prong class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard
Replenishment oiler 1 HTMS Prong (YO 833)
Proet class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard
Replenishment oiler 2 HTMS Proet (YO 834)
HTMS Samed (YO 835)
Matra class  Thailand
Marsun Shipbuilding
Replenishment oiler 1 HTMS Matra (YO ???)
Chuang class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard
Fresh water ship 2 HTMS Chuang (YO 841)
HTMS Chik (YO 842)

Minesweeper ships[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
MSC-289 class  United States
Dorchester Shipbuilding and Peterson Builders
Minesweeper coastal 2 HTMS Bankaeo(ll) (MSC 612)
HTMS Donjai (MSC 613)
HTMS Thalang  Thailand
Bangkok Dock
Mine countermeatures support ship 1 HTMS Thalang (MCS 621)
M48 class  Germany
Friedrich Lurssen Werft
Minehunter coastal 2 HTMS Bangrajun(ll) (MHC 631)
HTMS Nong Sarai(ll) (MHC 632)
Gaeta class  Italy
Intermarine SpA
Minehunter coastal 2 HTMS Ladya(lll) (MHC 633)
HTMS Ta Dindang(lll) (MHC 634)

Research and survey vessels[edit]

Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
HTMS Chan  Germany
Friedrich Lurssen Werft
Research vessel 1 HTMS Chan (AGOR 811)
HTMS Sok  Thailand
Bangkok Dock
Research vessel 1 HTMS Sok (AGOR 812)
HTMS Paruehasabordee  Thailand
Unithai Shipbuilding and Engineering - Shelde Naval Shipbuilding Joint Venture
Research vessel 1 HTMS Paruehasabordee (AGOR 813)


Class Photo Origin Type Quantity Ships Notes
Rin class  Singapore
Singmarine Shipyard
Tugboat 2 HTMS Rin (YTM 853)
HTMS Rung (YTM 854)
Samsan class  Thailand
Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard
Tugboat 2 HTMS Samsan (YTM 855)
HTMS Rad (YTM 856)
Klungbadan class  Canada
Canadian Bridge
Tugboat 2 HTMS Klungbadan (YTL 851)
HTMS Maarawichai (YTL 852)


Weaponry Photo Origin Type Quantity Notes
Mark 44 torpedo
Mk44 torpedo Kanoya Museum.jpg
 United States Antisubmarine torpedo ?
Mark 46 torpedo
MK46 torpedo launch.jpg
 United States Antisubmarine torpedo ?
Sting Ray torpedo
Stingray Training Torpedo Firing MOD 45156539.jpg
 United Kingdom Antisubmarine torpedo ?
Selenia Aspide
Aspide launch.jpg
 Italy Surface to Air Missile 24
RIM-162 launched from USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) July 2010.jpg
 United States Surface to Air Missile 0(+9) 9 On order(Plan 64), Modernization of DW 3000F frigate
Simbad missile.jpg
 France Surface-to-air missile 36 For SADRAL launchers on Chakri Naruebet aircraft carrier
Standard Missile.jpg
 United States Surface-to-air missile ?? DW 3000F deal, Modernization of DW 3000F frigate
AGM-84 Harpoon
Harpoon asm bowfin museum.jpg
 United States Anti-ship missile 67
Exocet AM39 P1220892-detoured.jpg
 France Anti-ship missile 18
C-801/CSS-N-4/Sardine  China Anti-ship missile 48
C-802 anti ship missile.JPG
 China Anti-ship missile 24 For modernized Chao Phraya
Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Weaponry Found On-Board the "Victoria" (1).jpg
 China Anti-ship missile 18
 United States Anti-submarine ballistic missile ?? DW 3000F deal, Modernization of DW 3000F frigate
ASROC launcher USS Columbus 1962.jpg
 United States Anti-submarine ballistic missile 24
RBU-1200  China Anti-submarine missile ?
Mi  Thailand Stealth naval mine ?
Moored contact mine Mk6.jpg
 United States Naval mine ?
Mk.18  United States Naval mine ?


Aircraft Photo Origin Type Quantity Notes
Dornier Do 228
Wiki dornierdo228 lgw1.jpg
 Germany Maritime patrol aircraft 7 Also use in Royal Rain Project.
Fokker F.27-200/400
Busy Bee F-27 LN-AKB.jpg
 Netherlands Military transport, Maritime Attacker, ASW 2 Mk.400
3 Mk.200
Equipped with Harpoon.
Lockheed Corporation P-3T/UP-3T
 United States Maritime patrol aircraft, ASW 3 Version for Royal Thai Navy.
Canadair CL-215
 Canada SAR, Firefighting 2
GAF N.24A Normad
 Australia Military transport 5 A further airframe is in use for spares recovery.
Cessna T-337
Cessna Skymaster O-2 5.jpg
 United States Attacker, Maritime patrol aircraft 14 At least 2 of this total in store.
NAX Seaplane  Thailand Maritime patrol aircraft 2
Embraer ERJ-135LR
 Brazil VIP, MEDEVAC, transport 2 A second example is on order.
Bell 212
 United States Military transport 8
Bell 214ST
 United States VIP, transport 5
Sikorsky SH-70B Seahawk
U.S. Sailors with the flight deck crew aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) in the Gulf of Thailand conduct an in-flight refueling simulation with a Thai Navy S-70B Seahawk helicopter 130608-N-AX577-323.jpg
 United States ASW 6 HTMS Chakri Naruebet Flying Unit.
Sikorsky S-76B
Royal Thai Navy Sikorksy S-76B.JPEG
 United States SAR, transport 5
Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawk
 United States Military transport, SAR 2(+4) 4 On order.
AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300
Lynx helo 2.jpg
 United Kingdom Anti Ship 2(+4) 4 On order, Station in RTN OPV
DTI RTN KSM150  Thailand unmanned aerial vehicle 2

History equipment[edit]


Class Country of Origin Quantity Ship Service Note
Light cruiser
Naresuan class(I)  Italy 2 HTMS Naresuan(I)
HTMS Taksin(I)
The Etna was one the first anti-aircraft cruisers build in Italy. Originally ordered by Siam (now Thailand), it was laid down in 1939 Taksin, equipped with six 15,2 cm guns. In 1942 the ship was taken over by Italy and it was decided to continue it as an anti-aircraft cruiser which also could serve as flagship. The ship was still under construction in Trieste when it was captured by German troops after the surrender of Italy on 10.09.1943. To prevent their use by the Germans, the ship was sunk by the retreating Italians. Completed about 60%, the Germans never intended to continue the construction, after the war, it was found scuttled in Trieste harbor, refloated and scrapped.
Coastal defence ship
Thonburi class  Japan 2 HTMS Thonburi
HTMS Sri Ayudhya
Grounded in Battle of Koh Chang.
Sank in Manhattan Rebellion.
Ratanakosin class(l)  United Kingdom 2 HTMS Ratanakosin(l)
HTMS Sukhothai(l)
Matchanu class  Japan 4 HTMS Matchanu
HTMS Wirun
HTMS Sinsamut
HTMS Phlai-chumphon
R-class  United Kingdom 1 HTMS Phra Ruang 1920-1957 Former HMS Radiant.
Tacoma class  United States 2 HTMS Prasae (II)
HTMS Tachin (II)
Used in Korean War
Used in Korean War
Maeklong class  Japan 2 HTMS Maeklong
HTMS Tachin (I)
Flower class  United Kingdom 2 HTMS Bangpakong
HTMS Prasae (I)
Used in Korean War.
Grounded in Korean War.
Torpedo boat
Chonbori class(I)  Italy 9 HTMS Chonbori(I)
HTMS Trat(I)
HTMS Songkhla(I)
HTMS Phuket(I)
HTMS Pattani(I)
HTMS Surat Thani(I)
HTMS Chanthaburi(I)
HTMS Rayong(I)
HTMS Chumphon(I)
Sank in Battle of Koh Chang
Sank in Battle of Koh Chang
Kyongyai class(I)  Japan 3 HTMS Kyongyai(I)
HTMS Kantan(I)
HTMS Takbai(I)
ASW Patrol craft
PC-461 class  United States 8 HTMS Sarasin(ll)
HTMS Thayanchon(l)
HTMS Khamronsin(l)
HTMS Phali
HTMS Sukiep
HTMS Tongpliu
HTMS Liulom
HTMS Longlom(l)
Former USS PC-495.
Former USS PC-575.
Former USS PC-609.
Former USS PC-1185.
Former USS PC-1218.
Former USS PC-616.
Former USS PC-1253.
Former USS PC-570.
Patrol craft
Sarasin class(I)  Thailand 3 HTMS Sarasin(I)
HTMS Thiew Uthock
HTMS Travane Vari
Sank by British aircraft
Sank in Manhattan Rebellion.
Amphibious warfare ships, landing ships, landing crafts
LST-542 class  United States 5 HTMS Angthong(ll)
HTMS Chang(ll)
HTMS Phangan(ll)
HTMS Lanta
HTMS Prathong
Former USS LST-924.
Former USS Lincoln County (LST-898).
Former USS Stark County (LST-1134). Used in Vietnam War.
Former USS Stone County LST-1141.
Former USS Dodge County (LST-722).
LSM-1 class  United States 3 HTMS Kut
Former USS LSM-338.
Former USS LSM-333.
Former USS LSM-469.
LCT mark 6 class  United States 6 HTMS Mattaphon(l)
HTMS Ravi(l)
HTMS Adang
HTMS Phetra
HTMS Khorum
HTMS Talibong
Former USS LCU-8.
Former USS LCU-9.
Former USS LCU-10.
Former USS LCU-11.
Former USS LCU-12.
Former USS LCU-13.
LCI-351 class  United States 2 HTMS Prab
HTMS Sattakut
Former USS LCI-670.
Former USS LCI-739.
LCS(L)(3)-1 class  United States 1 HTMS Nakha 1966-2007 Former USS LCS(L)(3)-102, / JMSDF Himawari.
Minesweeper ship
Bangrajun class(l)  Italy 2 HTMS Bangrajun(I)
HTMS Nong Sarai(I)
YMS-1 class  United States 3 HTMS Ladya(l)
HTMS Bangkeo(l)
HTMS Tha Din Daeng(l)
Former USS YMS-334.
Former USS YMS-138.
Former USS YMS-353.
MSC-294 class  United States 2 HTMS Ladya(ll)
HTMS Tha Din Daeng(ll)
Former USS MSC-297.
Former USS MSC-301.
Algerine Class  United Kingdom 1 HTMS Phosamton(I) 1947-? Former HMS Minstrel
Aberdare Class  United Kingdom 1 HTMS Chow Phraya(I) 1922-1971 Former HMS Havant
Transport support ships
Angthong class(l)  Japan 1 HTMS Angthong(l) 1918-1951 Former HTMS Pratenung Mahachakri(ll).
Chang class(l) ? 1 HTMS Chang(l) 1902-1962  ?
Sichang class(l)  Italy 2 HTMS Sichang(I)
HTMS Phangan(I)
Jula class(l) ? 1 HTMS Jula(l) 1941-1953  ?
Kledkaeo class  Norway 1 HTMS Kledkaeo 1956-? Former RNoMS Norfrost.
Replenishment ships
Samui class(l)  Italy 1 HTMS Samui(I) 1936-1945 Sank by US Submarine.


Aircraft Country of Origin Type Service Quantity Note
Avro 504N  UK/ Thailand Trainer 1929-1948 2 Built locally.
Mitsubishi A6M Zero  Japan Fighter 1942-1945 1
WS-103S  Japan reconnaissance 1935-? 6
Nakajima E8N  Japan reconnaissance 1938-? 45
Aichi E13A1  Japan reconnaissance 1939-? 6 3 aircraft ordered in 1939 and 3 aircraft in 1941.
Cessna O-1G  US reconnaissance 1968-? 8
Cessna U-17  US reconnaissance 1974-? 6+
Piper L-4  US reconnaissance 1973-? 2
Douglas C-47 Skytrain  US Cargo 1973-?  ?
Grumman HU-16D  US SAR 1962-? 3
Grumman S-2 Tracker  US ASW 1966-1999 12
Hawker Siddeley AV-8S Matador  UK Fighter 1997-2006 9 Used HTMS Chakri Naruebet.
Ling-Temco-Vought A-7E Corsair II  US Attacker  ?-2007 18 All airframe stored.
Bell UH-1H  US Utility helicopter 1975-? 4


Weaponry Country of Origin Type Service Quantity Note
Blowpipe (missile)  United Kingdom SAM  ?-? 200
Sea Cat  United Kingdom Surface to Air Missile  ?-? 8
Gabriel missile  Israel Anti-ship missile  ?-?  ?

Future Equipment[edit]

Main Fleet[edit]

  • Mid-life upgrade of the Naresuan Class FFG - On 3 June 2011, Saab announced[18] 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. After the upgraded, Naresuan Class FFG will be equipped with a Mk 41 VLS with maximum of 32 RIM-162 ESSM.[19]
  • Submarine procurement - On 13 October 2013, The Royal Thai Navy plans to complete the construction of a submarine squadron headquarters and training centre in March next year, despite not having any submarines in its fleet. Construction on the project began last year at Chon Buri's Sattahip Naval Base. The navy is eyeing the purchase of at least three submarines as part of its next 10-year procurement plan.[20]
  • New landing platform dock ship - The Thai Cabinet approved a package of defence 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. The ship will be delivered in 2012 at a cost of around US$150million.[24] The HTMS Angthong (791) was launched on the 21 March 2011.
  • New frigates - On 21 April 2013, Navy announced[25] that the South Korea has been chosen to build 2 new multi-role frigates for Royal Thai Navy. The procurement will be divide into 2 phases, 1 ship for each phase, span approximate 5 years. On 30 July 2013 The cabinet approved first phase of the program. On 4 August 2013 Navy announced the rough specification of the new frigate[26] which will be base on South Korea KDX-1 Destroyer . New frigate will include the ability to launch RIM-162 ESSM, unknown model of Vertical-Launch anti-submarine rocket and a data link system to communicate with Naresuan Class Frigate and Royal Thai Air Force . The ship is FFBNW (Fit For But Not With) the RIM-66 Standard MR or SM-2MR, but SAAB still cannot integrate the missile to their system. It's still the future upgrade plan. Royal Thai navy also planned to build second frigate in Mahidol Adulyadej naval dockyard.
  • Transferred Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate - On 9 January 2013, United States offer to transfer 2 old Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates to Thailand.[27] However, this offer is still inconclusive as there is no reply from Thai Navy yet .
  • China offer Submarine to Thailand - S-20 is a scaled-down version of Type 041 submarine (NATO code name Yuan class) specially intended for export Chinese weapon has full of opportunities to penetrate the Thai market, after artillery system by WS-1B and WS-32, China continues to offer S-20 submarines for Thailand.[28]


RTN Flying Unit[edit]

Royal Thai Navy MH-60S Knight Hawk: Appears at air show at Donmaung air force base, Thailand
  • New tactical transport helicopter - In April 2006, the Thai Navy requested permission from the United States to buy six MH-60S Navy Hawks.[29] An agreement of purchase was signed in June 2007, and the first two aircraft were delivered in August 2011.[29]
  • VIP and MEDEVAC aircraft - The Royal Thai Navy received a single Embraer ERJ-135 jet in late 2008, followed by an order for a second aircraft in October 2009; both aircraft were outfitted with medical evacuation kits, as well as being used for official transportation.[30]

RTN Marine Corps and SEALs[edit]

  • New armoured personnel carrier (APC) - RTN signed a contract to procure 12 BTR-3s from Ukraine in mid-2007, the first of which began arriving in December 2010, with deliveries scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.[31]

RTN Air and Coastal Defence Command[edit]

Indigenous products[edit]

  • Small patrol ship - The King of Thailand, initiated a project to build and commission a small new patrol craft, the T.991 Class in 2002. The first ship, T.991, was built in the Royal Thai Navy Dock. Another two, T.992 and T.993, was built by Mason Shipbuilding in Thailand. The first ship was commissioned on 30 April 2007.[32][33]
  • Local-build OPV - On 11 November 2008, the Cabinet approveed the plan to build a new offshore patrol vessel (OPV) in a deal worth three billion baht ($USD 85 million). Although RTN still did not unveil the design, the vessel will be built in Mahidol dockyard in Thailand.[34]
  • 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 Baht.[35]

See also[edit]


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  12. ^ "Her Majesty Presides over Launching Ceremony of Navy’s Patrol Boats". Thai-ASEAN News Network (TAN). 7 September 2007. 
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  15. ^ "Marsun M58". May 25, 2013. 
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