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King will be asked to name three new submarines : Navy spokesman

Apr 11. 2017
File photo :  Admiral Jumpol Lumpikanon
File photo : Admiral Jumpol Lumpikanon
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HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be asked to name the three submarines Thailand orders from China, Royal Thai Navy spokesman Admiral Jumpol Lumpikanon said on Tuesday.

He said the purchase of the three Yuan-class S26T submarines for US$1 billion was still in the process of examination of the procurement 

The Admiral also acknowledged mistakes he made in an earlier interview when he gave a wrong name of four submarines Thailand bought from Japan. “I’m not an expert in history. I admitted the mistakes,” he told reporters.

He earlier said Sudsakhon was one of the submarines that were discharged from service more than 60 years ago. The four were actually Matchanu, Wirun, Sinsamut and Phlai-chumphon, all named after literary characters known for their mythical diving abilities. 

Thailand bought the four submarines in 1937, becoming the second country in Asia to have submarines. They were discharged from service in 1951.


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