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Germany,Korea Republic of,Thailand : ROYAL THAI NAVY launches submarine squadron training

July 10, 2014

The Royal Thai Navy s Submarine Squadron was launched at Sattahip naval base in Chon Buri province.

Navy chief ADM, Narong Pipattanasai presided over the ceremony.

The squadron has a training centre for a submarine command team, which is intended to compile knowledge on submarine operations.

The centre is equipped with German-made submarine simulator, which provides the navy personnel with training on how to operate the sonar system.

The submarine simulator is linked to the anti-submarine simulator currently operated by the navy s Fleet Training Command.

The navy sent 18 navy officers to receive training in submarine technology in Germany and another 10 officers to South Korea to attend a training course on international diesel submarines.

The unit plans to send 30 navy personnel each year to be trained in countries to prepare them for the navy gets a fleet of submarines.

The office and equipment cost 740 million baht.

The squadron underscores the Royal Thai Navy s push to get submarines added to its fleet. The navy has been pressing the government for years to help the navy protect the Gulf of Thailand.

The navy commander in 2010, Kamthorn Phumhiran approved plans to set up the squadron with expectations of having a second-hand submarines from Germany, but the plan was never passed.

In 2012, The navy chief Surasak Rounroengrom approved the guidelines for equipping the navy with training submarines which led to the navy studying submarines with the help of countries who had them for a long time.

The navy has not had submarines for 62 years, submarines are important as strategic and irreplaceable tool to make up for the geographical limitation in Thailand.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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