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Royal Thai Navy (2022)


Current Active Inventory: 87 Fleet Units


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Last Updated: 1/01/2022 | © www.WDMMW.org


The modern Royal Thai Navy is a surface force built primarily around local and regional defense, particularly as the country borders a long-running coastline nestled between regional players Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Campbodia, and Malaysia. Currently lacking an undersea force, the country has partnered with defense powerhouse China to deliver up to three Type S26T fleet submarines beginning in 2023. Its lone aircraft carrier, the ex-Spanish Navy Principe de Asturias, operates as HTMS Chakri Naruebet supporting only a rotary-wing force. The amphibious assault arm is considerable and includes primary warfare ships backed by a fleet of landing vessels. Seven frigates and seven corvettes mack up the backbone of the surface fleet but the bulk of its strength resides in the patrol force covering offshore and fast attack vessels of many types - Chinese, British, American, Italian, and Thai in origin. Mine warfare is handled by a collection of five sweepers. Beyond this, support ships bridge gaps in the network. Force Balance is considered Average and Median Hull Age reaches nearly 24 years. On-order units cover submarine, amphibious warfare, and patrol roles.


The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the Royal Thai Navy (2022). The service currently counts 87 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.




Total Units: 87
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TvR:
47.6
True Value Rating takes into account current strengths/weaknesses, matched against the highest-rated service (the USN yields a top rating of 323.9).
Global Rank:
20/32
A total of 32 naval services from 32 nations currently tracked. Current Ranking.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:

Carriers: 1 units
Submarines: 0 units
Fleet Core: 74 units
Amphib Asslt: 12 units
FORCE BALANCE:

AVERAGE

Fleet covers basic operating requirements by addressing primary categories.
SUPPLIERS:
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HULL PREFIX:
"HTMS"
ESTABLISHED:
1906
116 yrs ago
as the "Royal Thai Navy"
MEDIAN HULL AGE:
24.7
Years
HULL AGE VISUALIZATION


Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15 yrs

16 to 25 yrs

26 to 30 yrs

>30 yrs


Age plays a vital role in the life of any warship as hulls and various onboard technologies are pushed to the limit, ultimately exposed to the corrosive and generally unforgiving effects of life at sea. Such degradation often leads to modernizations, refits, or outright retirement. Our color gauge attempts to showcase a vessel's current state within the fleet, helping to detail those outgoing vessels against those at the midway point of their service or those just having been commissioned.




Helicopter Carriers (1)


Hulls focused on launching, retrieval, and maintenance of mulitiple rotary-wing platforms.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
25yrs
Chakri Naruebet
CVH-911
Principe de Austurias

Total Units: 1 (1%)


NOTES: HTMS Chakri Naruebet is the ex-Spanish Navy Principe de Austurias aircraft carrier hull; used solely with rotary-wing elements.




Destroyers (4)


Multi-mission hulls developed for Blue Water environment; operating independently or as part of the main surface fleet.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
39yrs
Almirante Brown
D-10
Almirante Brown-class
39yrs
La Argentina
D-11
Almirante Brown-class
39yrs
Heroina
D-12
Almirante Brown-class
38yrs
Sarandi
D-13
Almirante Brown-class

Total Units: 4 (5%)




Frigates (7)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than Destroyers, though larger than corvettes, having Blue Water capabilities.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
3yrs
B.Adulyadej
FFG-471
B.Adulyadej-class
27yrs
Naresuan
FFG-421
Naresuan-class
27yrs
Taksin
FFG-422
Naresuan-class
27yrs
Chao Phraya
FFG-455
Chao Phraya-class
27yrs
Bangpakong
FFG-456
Chao Phraya-class
27yrs
Kraburi
FFG-457
Chao Phraya-class
27yrs
Saiburi
FFG-458
Chao Phraya-class

Total Units: 7 (8%)




Corvettes (7)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than frigates but larger than OPVs, capable of operating independently or as part of the main fighting fleet.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
36yrs
Ratanakosin
FS-441
Ratanakosin-class
36yrs
Sukhothai
FS-442
Ratanakosin-class
30yrs
Kamronsin
FS-531
Khamronsin-class
30yrs
Thayanchon
FS-532
Khamronsin-class
30yrs
Longlom
FS-533
Khamronsin-class
51yrs
Tapi
FS-431
Tapi-class
48yrs
Khirirat
FS-432
Tapi-class

Total Units: 7 (8%)




Mine Warfare (5)


Hulls outfitted for the purpose of mine countermeasures/countermine warfare.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
42yrs
Thalang
MCS-621
Thalang-class
23yrs
Lat Ya
MCS-633
Lat Ya-class
22yrs
Tha Din Daeng
MCS-634
Lat Ya-class
35yrs
Bangrajun
MCS-631
Bang Rachan-class
35yrs
Nong Sarai
MCS-632
Bang Rachan-class

Total Units: 5 (6%)




Offshore Patrol Vessels (51)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
9yrs
Krabi
OPV-551
Krabi-class
3yrs
P. Khiri Khan
OPV-552
Krabi-class
17yrs
Pattani
OPV-511
Pattani-class
17yrs
Naratiwat
OPV-512
Pattani-class
6yrs
Laemsing
PC-561
M58-class
21yrs
Huahin
PC-541
Hua Hin-class
21yrs
Klang
PC-542
Hua Hin-class
21yrs
Sriracha
PC-543
Hua Hin-class
39yrs
Chonburi
FAC-331
Chonburi-class
39yrs
Songkla
FAC-332
Chonburi-class
39yrs
Phuket
FAC-333
Chonburi-class
39yrs
Sattahip
PC-521
Sattahip-class
38yrs
Klongyai
PC-522
Sattahip-class
37yrs
Takbai
PC-523
Sattahip-class
37yrs
Kangtang
PC-524
Sattahip-class
37yrs
Thepa
PC-525
Sattahip-class
36yrs
Theai Mueang
PC-526
Sattahip-class
15yrs
Tor 991
3 Boats
Tor 991-class
11yrs
Tor 994
3 Boats
Tor 991-class
8yrs
M36
5 Boats
Tor 991-class
9yrs
M21
23 Boats
Tor 991-class

Total Units: 51 (59%)




Amphibious Assault (12)


Hulls designed specifically for the support of amphibious-minded, offshore / close-to-shore operations.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
10yrs
Angthong
LPD-791
Endurance-class
35yrs
Sichang
LPD-791
Sichang-class
34yrs
Surin
LPD-791
Sichang-class
12yrs
Mattaphon
LCU-784
M55-class
12yrs
Ravi
LCU-785
M55-class
21yrs
Mannok
LCU-781
Mannok-class
21yrs
Mannai
LCU-782
Mannok-class
21yrs
Manklang
LCU-783
Mannok-class
40yrs
Thongkaeo
LCU-771
Thongkaeo-class
39yrs
Thonglang
LCU-772
Thongkaeo-class
39yrs
Wangnok
LCU-773
Thongkaeo-class
39yrs
Wangnai
LCU-774
Thongkaeo-class

Total Units: 12 (14%)




On Order (6)


Hulls set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

Type S26T
Fleet Sub
Type S26T
Fleet Sub
Type S26T
Fleet Sub
Chang
Amphib. Warfare
Tor 997
2 Boats

Total Units: 6


On Order Commitment: 6 Units




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