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Royal Thai Navy history
Royal Thai Navy history
HU-16B 7235 visiting Nakhon Phanom in January 1973.
Photo: Gary V. Meinert
Bangkok/Don Muang (VTBD)
Rwy: 03L/21R, 03R/21L
Pos: 13°54'"N 100°36'"E
Elev: 9 ft
Force Unit Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Royal Thai Naval Aviation

Naval Air Unit
18 Oct 1960 - 1 Sep 1967 HU-16B (17Jun62->)
S-2F (66->)
relocated to U-Tapao
The S-2F Trackers in Thai Navy use have seen two serial changes. Original they flew with last three digits of the BuNo followed by a code of 1sq. After re-organistion into wings the squadron became 101. For this particular Tracker 1104 it was ex 136435 and 104.
Photo: Simon Watson
Narathiwat (VTSC)
Rwy: 02/20
Pos: 06°31'10"N 101°44'36"E
Elev: 20 ft
Force / Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
1 Wing

103sq det. 'Sea Hawk'
? - present CeT337H-SP
2 Wing

202sq det. 'Kaben'
? - present Bell 212ASW
Phuket (VTSP)
Rwy: 09/27
Pos: 08°06'56"N 098°18'43"E
Elev: 82 ft
Force / Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
1 Wing

101sq det. 'Angel'
? - present Do228-212


103sq det. 'Sea Hawk'
? - present CeT337H-SP
2 Wing

203sq det. 'Sea Knight'
? - present S-76B
Rayong/U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya Intl (VTBU)
Rwy: 18/36
Pos: 12°40'47"N 101°00'18"E
Elev: 59 ft
Force / Wing Unit / Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
Royal Thai Naval Aviation

Naval Air Unit
1 Sep 1967 - 28 July 1971 HU-16B
S-2F
O-1A (8May68->)
restructured in to squadrons


1sq
28 July 1971 - 199 . ? S-2F
F27-200ME (84->)
Do228-212 (89->)
restructured in to Wings


2sq
HU-16B (->81)
C-47A/B
AC-47D
EC-47D
RC-47A
VC-47D
CL-215
F27-400M (86->)
N24A


3sq
O-1A/F/G
U-17A/B (74->)


4sq
UH-1H (75->)
Bell 212ASW (Aug78->)
Bell 214ST (Dec86->)
1 Wing

101sq 'Angel'
199 . ? - present S-2F
F27-200ME (->99)
Do228-212


102sq
199 . . - ? P-3T (Feb95->)
UP-3T (Nov95->)
F27-200ME (99->)
changed markings


103sq 'Sea Hawk'
199 . ? - present O-1A/F/G
U-17A/B (->01)
CeT337H-SP


104sq 'White Shark'
1994 - 2002 A-7E (July95->)
TA-7C
TA-7E
disbanded
2 Wing

201sq 'Dolphin'
199 . ? - present C-47B
F27-400M
N24A (->10)
ERJ135LR (28Nov08->)
CL-215-III


202sq 'Kaben'
Bell 212ASW
UH-1H
CL-215 (->03)
H145M


203sq 'Sea Knight'
Bell 214ST
S-76B-7 (Apr96->)
Super Lynx Mk.110 (Jul04->)
3 Wing

301sq
199 . ? - 2006 AV-8S (Oct96->)
TAV-8S (97->)
disbanded


302sq
199 . ? - present S-70B-7 (Jan98->)
MH-60S
1 Wing

201sq 'Venus'
? - present P-3T (->14)
UP-3T (->14)
F27-200ME
Version of the Bird Dog which have seen service since 1968 are O-1A, G and F models.
Photo: Sergio Bottaro
Thirteen U-17A and B models were to fly with Thai markings, entering service in 1974.
Photo: Simon Watson
Three aircraft arrived in 1995 after being modified to suit the Navy’s requirements. Two were re-designated at P-3Ts when they entered service and a third was delivered as a UP-3T.
Photo: Thierry Surger
Fourteen A-7E and four TA-7Cs supplied from ex US Navy stocks started arriving in 1995. The type was operational until 2002.
Photo: Sergio Bottaro
Although a serial is painted on the tail of this C-47 Dakota, its real identity remains unknown.
Photo: Thierry Surger
Nine aircraft were sourced from the Spanish Navy in 1996, being delivered in 1997 on the aircraft carrier ‘RTNS Chakri Naruebe’. Two TAV-8S and seven AV-8S were to see brief service until lack of spares saw the type withdrawn from service in 2006.
Photo: Thierry Surger
Songkhla (VTSH)
Pos: 07°11'08"N 100°36'24"E
Force / Wing Squadron Timeline Aircraft Type(s) Fate
2 Wing

202sq det. 'Kaben'
? - present Bell 212ASW
UH-1H


203sq det. 'Sea Knight'
? - present Bell 214ST
S-76B
Super Lynx Mk.110
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