24 Januari 2017
RTN frigate HTMS 471 (photos : Navy for Life)
South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) launched a 122 m frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) on 23 January.
The vessel, which has been ordered under a THB14.6 billion (USD396 million) contract inked between the Thai government and DSME in August 2013, was launched at DSME’s facilities in Okpo, the company confirmed to IHS Jane’s on the same day.
The frigate, which has been given the pennant number 471, derives its design from the Kwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-1) destroyer in service with the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN).
The platform displaces 3,650 tonnes, features an overall length of 122.5 m and an overall beam of 14.4 m, and can accommodate a crew of 136.