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NARESUAN (TYPE 25T) (FFG)
Frigate

Thailand purchased four Chinese Jianghu-class FFGs and two improved Type IV frigates. The frigates, two being of the Chinese-made F25T class, were designed and built by the China State Shipbuilding Corp in Shanghai. The type IV frigates are HTMS Taksin (delivered in November 1995) and HTMS Naresuan. The four Jianghu-class FFGs are the HTMS Bang Pakong, HTMS Chao Phraya (delivered in 1991), HTMS Saiburi, and HTMS Kraburi . The ships were purchased at "friendship prices" of 2,000 million baht each, compared to the 8,000 million baht price tag for Western-built frigates.

Apparently, these frigates proved less than impressive to the Thai Navy. The quality of workmanship of the frigate was said to be inferior, and considerable rework was needed to bring the vessels up to acceptable standards. The ability of the ships to resist battle damage was extremely limited, and damage control facilities were virtually non-existent. Fire-suppression systems were rudimentary, and it appeared that were the hull breached rapid flooding would quickly lead to the loss of the ship.

Specifications
DisplacementFull Load - 2,900
Length 120 m
Beam 13 m
Draft 3.8m
Speed 32 kts maximum
Armament
  • 8 - Harpoon SSM (2 quad launchers)
  • 8 - Mk41 VLS SAM launcher
  • 1 - Mk 45 Mod 1 127mm gun
  • 2 - twin 37mm
  • 6 - Mk 32 Mod 5 (2 triple) Torpedo tubes
  • Systems
  • ESM, Jammer, Chaff/IR Countermeasures
  • Surveillance Radar
  • Navigation Radar
  • 3 fire control Radars
  • IFF
  • Hull-mounted Sonar
  • Crew 150

    Ships

    Name Number Homeport Builder Ordered Commissioned Decomm
    Naresuan
    Taksin
    621
    622
    Zhonghua 1994
    1995




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