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A Thai authorities supply revealed yesterday that the particular Home committee accountable for scrutinising the 2024 finances rejected a Royal Thai Navy (RTN) appeal in opposition to its determination to disclaim its request for budgetary funds for the procurement of a brand new frigate.

The Home committee dismissed the RTN’s appeal with a vote of 37 in opposition to and 16 in favour, together with six abstentions. The RTN, nevertheless, intends to submit one other request within the upcoming fiscal yr.

This growth follows a day after Admiral Adoong Pan-iam, the commander of RTN, appealed in opposition to the subcommittee’s rejection. In a letter, he argued {that a} new ship was pivotal to strengthening the nation’s maritime defences.

Adm Adoong highlighted in his letter the essential want for a brand new frigate to fulfil the navy’s core mission of sustaining the nation’s territorial sovereignty. This want is especially pressing given the RTN’s plans to retire its present frigates over the following few years.

A navy supply disclosed that HTMS Chao Phraya and HTMS Bang Pakong will likely be decommissioned in 2026, adopted by HTMS Naresuan in 2034 and HTMS Taksin in 2035.

The navy had beforehand requested 17 billion baht from the 2024 finances to finance its frigate procurement plan, which it deliberate to implement over 5 years. Round 1.7 billion baht was slated for expenditure within the first yr, reported Bangkok Submit.

Upon completion, the brand new frigate can be stationed alongside the Andaman Coast, in accordance with the supply.

In associated information, the RTN confronted a second warning from a US army group over a delay in HTMS Sukhothai salvage operations. Considerations raised over potential breach of agreements, affecting overseas army gross sales.

Admiral Phan-iam cites ongoing efforts to resolve points, fearing US involvement may disrupt the deliberate April salvage schedule. Moreover, deputy commander-in-chief meets with US Indo-Pacific Command to bolster army ties and improve cooperation for joint army workout routines.

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