We are delighted to be able to build on historic and current links between the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Navy with numerous exchanges concluding with an exercise at sea.

Commander Angus Essenhigh

Commanding Officer of HMS Daring, Commander Angus Essenhigh said: “As Daring enters the New Year, the ship’s company are excited to start it with this visit to Thailand.

"We are delighted to be able to build on historic and current links between the Royal Thai Navy and the Royal Navy with numerous exchanges concluding with an exercise at sea.

“The hosting of a tour to mark National Children’s Day will highlight the varied roles of a Navy, including peace-keeping and humanitarian relief to a younger generation.”

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas will also join HMS Daring for the engagement, focusing on the development of Royal Navy to Royal Thai Navy links. The visit supports Thailand’s expressed ambition to modernise their military and become more involved with international and regional security partners.

The historic Navy to Navy links are kept current with the His Thai Majesty’s Ship (HTMS) Krabi, the largest indigenous warship in the Royal Thai Navy. This was built to a British design and shared her inaugural deployment with HMS Daring to Sydney for the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Review in September.

Key members of HTMS Krabi’s Ship’s Company received training from the Royal Navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training organisation prior to that deployment; with the ship regarded as the benchmark for the RTN.

HMS Daring, which is due to return to Portsmouth in the spring, spent the festive period in Singapore following a busy period in which she was re-tasked from a planned exercise to take aid to people in the Philippines.

She delivered water, shelter kits, medical aid and sanitation kits to remote areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan which devastated the local population and much of their infrastructure. Following a busy ten days in the region she later handed over to HMS Illustrious before continuing with her regional engagement activities.

A Portsmouth-based warship, Daring has already clocked up more than 30,000 miles carrying out regional visits and engagements as well as military exercises in the Atlantic, the Western Seaboard of the USA, the Pacific, Australasia, the South China Sea and the Philippines.

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