Three Royal Thai Navy warships – HTMS Bangpakong (456), HTMS Makut Rajakumarn (433) and HTMS Pattani (511) – arrived at the port of Colombo, Sri Lanka on a training and goodwill visit, on April 6, 2018.
Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the visiting ships in accordance with naval traditions upon their arrival. Subsequently, the Commander Royal Thai Naval Cadet Training Unit, Rear Admiral Sompong Poowang and Commanding Officers of the ships; Captain Niwat Jitpoolphol, Commander Nattapon Sungakitboon and Commander Narunat Panckam met with Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Western Naval Command Headquarters and held a cordial discussion. Mementoes were also exchanged to mark this occasion.
Thereupon, the visiting officers of the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) called on Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro at the Naval Headquarters. During the cordial meeting, they exchanged several matters of mutual importance and exchanged mementoes to mark this significant event.
During the five-day tour, the ships’ crew is scheduled to take part in various programmes including friendly sporting activities, cultural shows, variety shows organized by Sri Lanka Navy. The ships are due to leave for their next port of call on April 9.
The ships, HTMS Bangpakong and HTMS Pattani visited Port Klang, Malasyia before arriving in Colombo.
HTMS Bangpakong (456)
HTMS Bangpakong (456) is a Type 053 frigate built in the People’s Republic of China for the Royal Thai Navy. The ship entered service in 1995.
HTMS Makut Rajakumarn (433)
The HTMS Makut Rajakumarn is a frigate operated by the Royal Thai Navy. The ship was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Glasgow, Scotland 1971. The ship entered service in 1973 and is currently in service as a training ship.
HTMS Pattani (511)
HTMS Pattani is one of two Pattani-class offshore patrol vessels currently commissioned by the Royal Thai Navy.
Under a May 2002 agreement, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) built the Pattani and her sister ship HTMS Naratiwat (512) at the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai. Pattani was launched in 2004 and delivered to the Royal Thai Navy on 16 December 2005