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Ship Naming in the Royal Thai Navy

It was customary to name warships after main characters in Thai classical literature who possess exceptional or superior fighting abilities. Later, ships were often named after old capitals, principal cities and towns, kings and national heroes. Today, naming ships in the Royal Thai Navy is carried out in accordance with the Royal Thai Navy's 1984 Regulation on the ship type nomenclature and the ship naming process.

The first to third classes of ships with displacement of 150 tons and above are named as follows:

  1. Submarines: named after important characters in Thai classical literature whose story is about diving
  2. Destroyers: named after national heroes
  3. Frigates: named after rivers
  4. Corvettes: named after old capitals or principal cities in the history
  5. Fast Attack Craft, Guided Missile: named after ancient warships whose meaning match with duty of that Fast Attack Craft
  6. Fast Attack Craft, Gun and Fast Attack Craft, Torpedo: named after coastal provrnces
  7. Mine countermeasure vessels: named after important battlefields
  8. Amphibious Ships, Replenishment Ships, and Harbor Tug Boats: named after islands
  9. Patrol Craft: named after coastal districts
  10. Patrol Craft, Antisubmarine: named after ancient warships used in rivers whose meaning match with the duty of that Patrol Craft
  11. Survey Ships: named after important stars
  12. Special Mission Ships: named after appropriate words.

For other ships not mentioned above, the naming shall be considered in accordance with the circumstances, such as the helicopter carrier. All Royal Thai Navy's ships with a displacement of 150 tons and above shall be named by His Majesty the King, and "His Thai Majesty's Ship" (HTMS) shall be placed in front of the names of all the ships. Ships with displacement below 150 tons and small boats are named by the Royal Thai Navy in accordance with the type and duty of those ships, with numbers following an alphabet.




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