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Navy stranded without submarine or frigate amid budget crunch

Amid the uncertainty and delay in its submarine acquisition, the Royal Thai Navy suffered another setback when its slim hopes of procuring a frigate were dashed by lawmakers.  A House…

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New panel to review the Navy’s Chinese submarine deal

A new panel is expected to be formed on Wednesday to review the Navy’s procurement of Chinese-made submarines, Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang said today. The panel will comprise 13-15 members,…

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Royal Thai Navy to switch from a Chinese submarine to a frigate : Defence Minister

The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has decided to switch from procuring a submarine from China to a frigate, estimated to cost 17 billion baht compared to the S26T Yuan-class submarine’s…

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The first prototype, named “Hai Kun” in Chinese, meaning “mythical sea creature”. Photo was taken by Taiwan’s Central News Agency.

Taiwan unveils first domestically built submarine

Taiwan unveiled its first domestically built submarine Thursday as the massively outgunned island seeks to bolster defences against China, which slammed the strategy as “idiotic nonsense”. China claims self-ruled Taiwan…

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US submarine arrives in South Korea amid tensions over North Korea

A U.S. nuclear-powered submarine arrived in South Korea on Monday (July 24), only days after the first U.S. nuclear armed submarine made port in the country in four decades, as…

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A woman walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul on May 4, 2022. – North Korea fired a ballistic missile on May 4, South Korea’s military said, just a week after leader Kim Jong Un vowed to boost Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal at the “fastest possible speed”. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

North Korea fires submarine-launched missile after US nuclear warning

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile Saturday, Seoul said, its second missile launch in three days after the United States warned Pyongyang could be preparing for a nuclear test….

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Talks on Thailand’s submarine engine problem postponed until May

Talks between the Royal Thai Navy (RTN), China Shipbuilding and the Offshore International Company (CSOC) on a submarine engine problem, which were due to take place this month, have been…

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Engine troubles bring sink-or-swim moment for Thailand’s sub deal with China

This month brings a make-or-break meeting for the Thai Navy’s deal to buy a Chinese-made submarine, with delivery threatened by the fading chance of China getting German top-end engines as stipulated…

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A Rivercat ferry passes by the Royal Australian Navy’s Collins-class submarine HMAS Waller as it leaves Sydney Harbour on May 4, 2020. The Australian government has considered extending the life of the Collins class as it examines the fate of its next-generation sub program.

US, Australia, UK sign key deal in nuclear sub alliance

Sydney (AFP) – Australia formally embarked Monday on a hotly-contested programme to equip its navy with nuclear-powered submarines in a new defence alliance with Britain and the United States. Defence Minister…

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French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during the G20 summit in Rome, Italy, October 31, 2021. Picture taken through glass. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

France’s Macron says Australia PM lied to him on submarine deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him over the cancellation of a submarine building contract in September, and indicated more was needed to be…

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The Indonesian Navy patrol boat KRI Singa (651) leaves the naval base in Banyuwangi, East Java province on April 24, 2021, as the military continues search operations off the coast of Bali for the Navy’s KRI Nanggala (402) submarine that went missing April 21 during a training exercise. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesia military says missing submarine sank with dozens aboard

An Indonesian submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali has sunk, the navy said Saturday, dashing hopes of rescuing any of its 53 crew. The navy’s chief said…

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The Indonesian Navy ships at the naval base in East Java province, on April 24, 2021, as the military continues search operations off the coast of Bali for the Navy’s KRI Nanggala submarine that went missing April 21 during a training exercise. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Hopes fade for Indonesia submarine crew as deadline passed early Saturday

Hopes of rescuing dozens aboard a missing Indonesian submarine faded Saturday as its oxygen reserves were believed to have run out, turning the focus to retrieving the stricken vessel from…

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Indonesian navy ships arrive at the naval base in Banyuwangi on April 22, 2021, to join in the search. (Photo by – / AFP)

Indonesia only has hours to go before the stricken vessel’s oxygen reserves ran out

Indonesia’s desperate search for a missing submarine and its 53 crew was focused on a signal from an unidentified object Friday, with just hours to go before the stricken vessel’s…

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Indonesian navy ships arrive at the naval base in Banyuwangi on April 22, 2021, to join in the search for a decades-old navy submarine that went missing off the coast of Bali with 53 crew aboard during regular exercises. (Photo by – / AFP)

The missing submarine with 53 crew aboard only has enough oxygen for few days

53 crew on the Indonesian missing submarine, the KRI Nanggala 402, could have enough oxygen until early Saturday, but time was quickly running out as rescuers scoured the coast off…

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Members of the Indonesia Rescue Agency prepare to take part in the search operation for an Indonesian Navy submarine that went missing during military exercises off the coast of Bali, at Celukan Bawang port in Buleleng province on April 22, 2021. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Indonesian navy submarine with 53 onboard missing off the coast of Bali

The Indonesian Navy said its submarine KRI Nanggala-402 was missing with 53 people on board after contact was lost with the vessel during a weapons shooting exercise 96 km off…

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The Royal Thai Navy held a press conference on Monday to defend the submarine deal. (Photo from Thai Royal Navy)

Submarine row threatens to become political time bomb  

Debate on whether Thailand needs submarines is raging again after a House subcommittee on budget scrutiny last Friday voted 5-4 along party lines to back the Navy’s Bt22.5-billion plan to…

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PM hints at procurement of second submarine for the RTN

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted today that Thailand may buy another submarine, in addition to the one the Royal Thai Navy bought from China, due for delivery in 2023. Responding…

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Thai engineer impressed with Musk’s team

A Thai engineer involved in the drilling operation to find alternative entrances into Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai at the height of the “Wild Boars” rescue mission early month…

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