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Thailand and USA in joint search and salvage operation on HTMS Sukhothai

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A joint operation is underway between Thailand and the US to search and remove hazardous material from the sunken Navy frigate, HTMS Sukhothai. The vessel sank in rough seas off the coast of Prachuap Khiri Khan on the night of December 18, 2022.

Nation Thailand reports that on Sunday, February 25, searches undertook 6 dives in Radar Room 2 in an attempt to find the remains of sailors still missing from the tragedy. They also found and removed a number of M16 rifles and were preparing to dismantle a machine gun.

Divers from the search vessel HTMS MunNai also photographed several areas of the sunken ship, with the Royal Thai Navy releasing several of the images. HTMS Sukhothai has now been at the bottom of the sea bed for 14 months and the photos show the commander’s room and other areas of the ship as the search for the victims’ remains continues.

Monday, February 26, was day 5 of the mission, with 5 dives carried out in the ship’s engine room, the quartermaster’s room, and the aisle in the middle of Deck 1. To date, no human remains have been found.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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