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    Sattahip Naval Base - The Port

    Now this is where Thailands famous aircraft carrier the H.T.M.S. Chakrinaruebet is kept so at least Sattahip is well protected, unfortuneately as their budget doesn't afford them to buy fuel it has rarely been used and has now been turned into a tourist attraction for the Thais, Farangs are allowed to look at it from the outside but you need permission from the Thai Royal Navy to board her.














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    In this next picture there is a small white sign towards the bottom right, little did I know that it was the sign to say taking pictures was not allowed, oh well, too late now




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    happened to me their

    why would a native of a country who sold them a somewhat antiquated air craft carrier ant to spy on what said recipients are doing with it

    mind boggles really

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    Quote Originally Posted by reinvented
    why would a native of a country who sold them a somewhat antiquated air craft carrier ant to spy on what said recipients are doing with it
    Because the Thai navy has outfitted this vessel with the latest high-tech weapons, communication, intelligence and navigations systems, all developed in Thailand, and therefore uttermost secrecy is essential. If, say, the Lao government got hold of this technology, the Lao navy could pose a serious threath to Thai interests....

    BTW - how many chickens does an aircraft carrier cost these days....?
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    So what aircraft does it carry ?

    or is that a secret.

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    Its not an old ship and was from Spain. The harrier jets that used to be on it are from the UK though. Thing has always been a white elephant. Its best use was as a floating hospital after the tsunami.

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    AO - I was almost certain this came from Aussie.

    T - with bird flu, chickens aint worth shit; but you can get whatever you want it you have some rice.

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    I thought it was India, only place they could find someone corrupt enough to deal with?
    They paid about 2 Billion $ if I remember???

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    nice pics tho

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    Spain built it for them and it cost about

    What the hell here is the whole scoop.

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    Dirty Dog. I work within view of this fokking ship and you didn't even call me!! I feel un-loved.

    The story I heard about not being able to use this ship is that when they were getting ready to bring it over here from Spain (on Oz), the Thais were hurrying up the ship yard, saying that it had to sail by a certain date so that it could be here on a auspcious date, or something.

    Well, it just happened to be raining a lot during that time, during the time that they were painting the deck. The shipyard said that they should wait for sunnier weather, but the Thais wouldn't hear of it.

    So they brought it here, the deck ended up rusting to the point that an inspection team said that they shouldn't land any jets on there until they redo the steel on the deck. Which of course, costs money...

    Plus I've heard that 1/4 of the accomodation area has been redone for the Royal Family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyZ
    Dirty Dog. I work within view of this fokking ship and you didn't even call me!! I feel un-loved.
    I was there on Sunday don't believe you work on Sundays.

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    $365 million fully equipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl
    $365 million fully equipped.
    Of which bribes, kickbacks and "donations" in brown envelopes made up how many percent, I wonder......

    Well, at least Thailand now has a state of the art ( ) air craft carrier with no aircraft which cannot sail to where it is not needed.

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    Chon Buri’s Sattahip Naval Base

    Workers at Chon Buri’s Sattahip Naval Base make the final preparations for the HTMS Nakha to be shipped back to the United States. The decommissioned US-made warship will become a historic showpiece at a naval museum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    So what aircraft does it carry ?

    or is that a secret.
    I heard it was fitted out for the A380 but they couldn't get it out of the hangar at Suvarnabhumi.

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    ^^ like most of the RTN.
    Have you heard about their submissions for a submarine fleet?
    For the last 5-6 years there has been a heavy push for them, from officers who had done training in the states.
    Only problem is there is no water of operable depth in Thailand. 555

    They are also funny about visitors to the base. Will let just about anybody in one day, no-one the next day???

    Having spent 10 years in the RAN I was wondering what they could have that was so secret - I'm still wondering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    Its not an old ship and was from Spain. The harrier jets that used to be on it are from the UK though. Thing has always been a white elephant. Its best use was as a floating hospital after the tsunami.

    AO. Sorry, but the Harriers that the Thai Navy were flying came from Spain, probably as part of the purchase package, although no doubt British in origin!

    Link: Fence Check Aviation Photography - Armada in action, Spanish naval aviation at sea - By Erik Roelofs and Paul van den Hurk

    Living close to U-Tapao, I, for one am glad that the damned things have been grounded, as the noise pollution from them was almost unbearable!

    Just out of interest, does anyone know if Thai rice makes a good Paella?

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    Quote Originally Posted by a. boozer
    AO. Sorry, but the Harriers that the Thai Navy were flying came from Spain, probably as part of the purchase package, although no doubt British in origin!
    AV-8B is a McDonnell Douglas designation so they will probably have been sourced by Spain from the US either direct from McD D or be ex-USMC.

    And you are dead right, on take off and landing they are about the noisiest aircraft imaginable.

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    Harrier Jump Jets stationed at Utapao RTNAS. I beleave they have 8 or so.

    Last word was they were having canopy problems ( cracks in them ) and they were grounded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougal View Post
    AV-8B is a McDonnell Douglas designation so they will probably have been sourced by Spain from the US either direct from McD D or be ex-USMC.
    The only thing that I honestly know, or remember about Harriers, was that the original, produced by Hawker Siddely, was designated the P1127.

    The current models are still impressive as can be seen (in the UK) at RAF Wittering, or Cottesmore, when their awesome flight ability is used.

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    Easy ride home for a Mighty Midget
    HTMS Nakha to become museum showpiece

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    HTMS Nakha set off on her final voyage home on September 2, heading for the Mare Island Naval Shipyard at Vallejo City in the United States where she will become part of a museum of historic ships.
    After serving for more than six decades in the navies of three countries, her final voyage might seem less than glorious: she is being carried on the back of a gigantic Chinese cargo ship across the Pacific to San Francisco.
    Once at Mare Island, however, she will become a star attraction: built 62 years ago, she was until decommissioning the only naval ship of that age still serving, and one of only two of that age known to exist.
    Built in 1945 as a Landing Craft Support (LCS) 102 vessel, she is still in excellent condition.
    The handover of the vessel was initiated by the National Association of USS LCS (L) 1-130, which was founded in 1987 by Jeff Jeffers and fellow American veterans who served on LCS vessels. The association’s request was approved by the US and Thai governments.
    The name HTMS Nakha will be kept in honor of His Majesty the King, who named the ship after an island off Phuket.
    During her 40 years of service with the Royal Thai Navy she sailed under 25 fleet commanders before being decommissioned on October 4, 2006.
    The LCS vessels performed all-purpose duties, ranging from their main role as platforms for fire support for troops landing on beaches against an entrenched enemy, to other roles in air defense, radar picket duty and firefighting.
    US sailors fighting in the Pacific against the Japanese during World War Two referred to LCS vessels as “Mighty Midgets”. Many saw heavy combat and one had a place in history as the vessel that took General Douglas MacArthur, the supreme commander of US forces in the Pacific, back to the Philippines after the Americans retook the country from the Japanese.
    Ironically, HTMS Nakha was used for 13 years by the Japanese Navy before being modified and handed over to the Thai Navy in 1966.
    HTMS Nakha is 47.4 meters long and 7 meters wide, with a displacement of 387 tonnes. The maximum speed of 12 knots is made possible by two diesel engines. LCS vessels had a range of 5,500 miles.
    In Thailand she essentially retained her World War Two configuration and is armed with one 76.2 mm single fire Mk 26 dual-purpose gun mounted forward, two twin 40mm Mk 1 Mod 2 anti-aircraft mountings, four single 20mm guns and two .50 caliber machine guns.
    She is scheduled to arrive September 25 in Benicia, from where a tugboat will take her on to Mare Island. A ceremony to mark the ship taking up permanent residence on Mare Island is scheduled for November 10.
    Viewers of PMTV can see highlights of the HTMS Nakha’s final goodbye on Sunday, September 16.

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    That thing was a museum showpiece thirty years ago.

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    I went there a coupla years ago on a Thai school outing. At the last minute we were turned away for "security reasons" and were shown an old cargo/fuel ship. Perhaps the carrier was one of those secret CIA prisons...?

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    The aircraft carrier had actually left her berth on Thursday, and was out in Sattahib Bay!

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