South Korean shipbuilder, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), has held a keel-laying ceremony for a multipurpose frigate on order for the Royal Thai Navy (RTN).
The ceremony was held on 16 May at DSME’s shipyard in Okpo, the RTN public affairs division announced via an official social media channel the next day.
The vessel was signed under a THB14.6 billion (USD410 million) contract inked between the RTN and DSME in August 2013. The platform is based on a modernised derivative of the Kwanggaeto Daewang (KDX-1) destroyer in service with the Republic of Korea Navy.
According to an IHS Jane’s report from August 2013, the ship will displace 3,650 tonnes, and will be 122.5 m long and 14.4 m wide when complete.
Original psot janes.com