Thai Navy: submarines important for protecting Thai seas

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BANGKOK, 25 April 2011 -The decision to purchase 6 submarines from Germany, was described by the Royal Thai Navy as to protect the Thai seas and create balance in the military arena in the ASEAN region. 

The meeting held by the Ministry of Defense, chaired by Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Defense Minister, was told that the purchase of the submarines worth 7 million THB would still need to be deliberated.

The Ministry Spokesperson Col Thanathip Sawangsang said the entire process would take approximately two years. He also added that submarines manufactured in Germany were of great standards and technologically enhanced to suit the geography of Thai seas.

The Royal Thai Navy will conduct further feasibility studies before presenting the purchase request to the Defense Ministry for consideration and to get the approval from the Cabinet as soon as possible.