I've just started uploading content to Thailand folder (hope to finish it tomorrow) and encountered there a certain peculiar problem, I want to discuss here.
Number of ships used by the Royal Thai Navy have changed their pennant numbers over time. That, of course, is no problem (normally each drawing would be simply titled with chronologically relevant pennant number). Problem is, that besides the numer (digits) itself, the pennant numbers from some point (until recently) might have also include the hull code (FF, FS etc.).
However, these codes I could find only in the Superboy's threads on this forum and on Wikipedia, but most other publications available to me (including Jane's, Weyers and Combat Fleets of the World) make no such mentions.
What makes it even more complicated is that in several cases (for example Trad-class torpedo boats) Superboy also gave (in this forum's RTN thread) the pre-WW2 pennant numbers with USN-style hull codes
, and it's particularly unclear to me why pre-war Royal Thai Navy should use english language
hull code acronyms.
(Problem will start when I'll be uploading ships that had only
the number as their name, but I'll think of it tomorrow)
Of course, we all know Superboy for high quality of his work and research, so I wouldn't dare to claim "I know better" anything regarding the navy of His native country.
(and language barrier prevents me from trying to make any own research on Thail-language websites
Alas, the information available to me at this moment makes it horribly difficult to me to apply the pennant numbers of Royal Thai Navy ships in a consistent manner, so I decided to, at this moment, mention all known pennant numbers in the CODE bracket, but omitt them entirely from the drawing TITLES.
Obviously, it's only a matter of expediency, and it can be ammended at any given moment.
EDIT - Uploads:
12 October - Thailand