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Thailand inducts second Krabi-class OPV

02 October 2019
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Thailand’s second Krabi-class OPV seen here at its ceremonial launch. Source: Royal Thai Navy

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has commissioned its second Krabi-class missile-capable offshore patrol vessel (OPV).

The ship, HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan (552), was inducted in a commissioning ceremony at Sattahip, Chonburi, on 27 September, the RTN has confirmed in a statement posted on its official social media channel.

Prachuap Khiri Khan is the second of two Krabi-class vessels that derive its design from the UK Royal Navy's River class. It underwent its ceremonial launch at the RTN's Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in August 2019. First-of-class HTMS Krabi (551) was commissioned by the RTN in August 2013.

The Krabi class has an overall length of 90.5 m, an overall beam of 13.5 m, and a draught of 3.5 m. The vessel has a top speed of 25 kt and a range of 3,500 n miles at 15 kt. It can operate in nautical conditions of up to Sea State 5.

Prachuap Khiri Khan is armed with an Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid gun in the primary position, two MSI 30 mm guns turrets, and two M2 12.7 mm machine guns.

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