His Thai Majesty’s Ship (HTMS) Krabi is Thailand’s third Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) after HTMS Pattani and HTMS Narathiwat. The ship was wholly built by the Royal Thai Navy, and is the genuine pride of the navy.
Built to commemorate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 84th birthday, HTMS Krabi has a1,969-tonne displacement and is equipped with 76mm autocannon at its bow and 30mm dual feed cannon both on its starboard (right) and port (left) as well as a superlink helicopter deck.
The ship’s design was adapted from a ship purchased from the United Kingdom’s BVT Surface Fleet, although Thai engineers, technicians and officers from Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip district of Chon Buri as well as the Bangkok Dock Company carried out the construction with the on-site supervision of the Royal Thai Navy.
Construction of the 90.5 metre length vessel with a 13.5 metre beam (width) took four years and six months to complete at a cost of 2.8 billion baht.
“All the ship’s systems are advanced, in particular, the highly-precise weaponry system, said Commander Somsak Intarasema
“I am proud that the ship was built by Thais. It is second to none,” said Petty Officer 1st class Banjong Srisabai.
The Thai Navy has considered building a second frigate at the Mahidol Adulyadej naval dockyard due to the dock’s capacity to undertake construction and maintenance of 5,000-10,000 tonne-displacement vessels.
“The Royal Thai Navy is now prepared to build another frigate, our second one” said Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard director Rear Admiral Anan Sukaneeyouth.
After the Royal Thai Navy commissioned the latest multi-mission OPV into service on Monday August 26, HTMS Krabi was to begin its first mission with naval graduate training. The vessel will then participate in an international naval parade with other 19 navies at the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review, to be held at Australia’s Sydney Harbour this October.