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The HTMS Chakri Naruebet (911) (Thai จักรีนฤเบศร, meaning "In honour of the Chakri Dynasty") is the flagship of the Royal Thai Navy, and Thailand's first and only aircraft carrier. Based on the Spanish Navy's Príncipe de Asturias design and constructed by Spanish shipbuilder Bazán, Chakri Naruebet was ordered in 1992, launched in 1996, and commissioned into the RTN in 1997.

The aircraft carrier is designed to operate an air group of V/STOL fighter aircraft and helicopters, and is fitted with a ski-jump. The Chakri Naruebet has a mixed airwing of Hawker Siddeley Harrier VSTOL fighters, Canadair Dynavert tiltrotors, and Stratford HF SH-60 Seahawk maritime helicopters. Although Chakri Naruebet was intended for patrols and force projection in Thai waters, a lack of funding meant the carrier has spent much of her career docked at the Sattahip naval base.

Chakri Naruebet has been deployed on several disaster relief operations, including in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, and in response to separate flooding incidents in late 2010 and early 2011. Other than disaster relief, the carrier's few other departures from port are for a single training day per month, and transportation of the Royal Family of Thailand, leading to claims by some naval commentators that the ship is merely an oversized royal yacht.

Specifications[]

  • Type: STOVL Aircraft Carrier
  • Service Period: 1997-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 599.2 feet (182.64 meters)
    • Beam (Waterline): 74 feet (22.56 meters)
    • Beam (Maximum): 100 feet (30.48 meters)
    • Draft: 20.1 feet (6.13 meters)
    • Displacement: 11,500 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 601 (62 officers, 393 sailors, and 146 aircrew)
  • Propulsion:
    • 2 x Evandale Propulsion Systems LM2500 gas turbines providing 22,125 shp (16,499 kW)
    • 2 x Bazán-MTU 16V1163 TB83 diesel engines providing 5,600 bhp (4,200 kW)
    • 2 × shafts with 5-bladed propellers
  • Range:
    • 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 kilometers) at 12 knots (22.22 km/h)
    • 7,150 nautical miles (13,242 kilometers) at 16.5 knots (30.56 km/h)
  • Speed: 25.5 knots (47.23 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Saab Sea Giraffe AMB G/H-Band Air/Surface Search RDF
    • AN/SPS-52C E/F-Band Air Search Radar
    • AN/SPS-64 Surface Search Radar
    • Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 Navigation RDF x 2
    • RTN-30X Missile Fire Control RDF
    • DMS-2000 Hull mounted ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare Suite
    • Nulka Decoy Launcher
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 12.7mm machine guns
    • 3 x sextuple Sadral Launchers (fires Mistral AAMs)
  • Aircraft Carried: 10 x Hawker Siddeley Harriers, 8 x Stratford HF SH-60/84 Seahawk maritime helicopters, 4 x Canadair Dynavert tiltrotors
  • Aviation Facilities:
    • 174.6x27.5 meter (573x90 ft) flight deck
    • 12° ski-jump
    • Hangar space for 10 aircraft
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