Royal Thai Navy

The Royal Thai Navy (Thai: กองทัพเรือ) is the navy of Thailand and part of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, it was established in the late 19th century. Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartiwongse (1880–1923) is "The Father of Royal Thai Navy". Similar to the organizational structure of the United States, the Royal Thai Navy includes the Naval Fleet, and the Royal Thai Marine Corps. The Royal Thai Navy operates out of Sattahip Naval Base. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country which operates an Aircraft Carrier.

The Royal Thai Navy operates in three Naval Area Commands:

  • First Naval Area Command: responsible for the Northern part of Gulf of Thailand
  • Second Naval Area Command: responsible for the Southern part of Gulf of Thailand
  • Third Naval Area Command: responsible for the Andaman Sea (Indian Ocean)

The Royal Thai Navy also has two air wings, operating 40 fixed wing aircraft and 30 helicopters from Utapao, Songkhla and Phuket. The First Royal Thai Navy wing has 4 squadrons and the Second Royal Thai Navy wing has 3 squadrons. Moreover, the Royal Thai Navy also consists of 1 Royal Thai Marine Corps division, 1 Air and Coastal Defense Division, Royal Thai Navy SEALs and 1 Riverine Patrol Regiment.

The United States Navy and Royal Thai Navy conduct the annual joint operation Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). CARAT is an annual series of bilateral maritime training exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Philippines.

Read more about Royal Thai Navy:  Command and Control, Fleet

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