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Thailand’s first South Korean-made frigate heads home

04 January 2019

Key Points

  • Thailand's first DW3000 frigate has left South Korea for Thailand
  • The vessel is on track to be commissioned by the Royal Thai Navy in early 2019

The Royal Thai Navy's (RTN's) first South Korean-made multipurpose frigate, which will be in service as HTMS Tachin (471), is on its journey home from South Korea to Thailand.

According to data from the IHS Markit AISLive portal, the vessel arrived near Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, on 25 December. The frigate's last automatic identification system (AIS) transmission before arriving in Hong Kong was on 22 December in waters off South Korea.

Tachin was ceremonially handed over to senior RTN officials and the frigate's crew on 14 December at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering's (DSME's) facilities in Okpo, South Korea.

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