Warship from afar (Chonburi)

Monday, March 19, 2012 15 Comments A+ a-

I have seen fighter planes on war ships landing and taking off like they were natural runways. I also saw other gigantic structures of arsenals that were scary to death, really. But I've never seen them personally other than from movies and documentary films over the past decades or so. One stroke of a finger means death to thousands, and houses and/or properties can be blown into pieces in seconds. That's how powerful these weapons of destructions are. Yes, they are scary but I still wanting to see one.


My childhood wish was granted two weeks ago when we took a trip to Rayong and stopped by in Sattahip District in the province of Chonburi, where the famous aircraft carrier the H.T.M.S Chakri Narauebet is kept. The carrier was designed by Spanish shipbuilder Bazan and was commissioned into Royal Thai Navy in 1997.

Foreigners are literally not allowed to get inside the ship. But since we were doing this educational trip for our first year students, the navies who were guarding the ship's entrance allowed me and my friend to explore the depths of this first aircraft carrier in Southeast Asia - thanks to our Thai friends who paved way for us to get in. Although it was in stationary position and smaller compared to other aircraft carriers of other bigger and powerful nations in the world, its little movement technically scared the crap outta me. I thought it's gonna go out for war! LOL..


PS: The first and last photo is the same ship. The middle one however is the thing I failed to name. It was another ship docked next to H.T.M.S Chakri Narauebet.

John Benliro hails from Palawan, Philippines. He's a travel enthusiast who loves to read geography books as well as those authored by Sheldon and Grisham. He's a full time lecturer at a university in Thailand and has been blogging since 2009. Come and join him in exploring the vastness of our imagination, drifting from land to land one step at a time.

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March 19, 2012 at 10:04 AM delete

Hahahaha! Your last few lines peeped a few laughs out of me! On a serious note, I also would love to see and be on an actual war ship, less the worry of 'the war vibe' sana. =D

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March 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM delete

for the most part..
these ships are used for deterrence especially with the terrorist attacks all over..
the air shows are always awe inspiring!

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March 19, 2012 at 11:31 AM delete

Ikaw na ang maswerte at pinayagan ka sa loob... How many aircrafts did you see inside?

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Jenny O'Toole
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March 19, 2012 at 3:44 PM delete

I always go for air show every year in England. I have seen so many war aircrafts, ships and etc. I thought I can only see them on the telly. It was such a great experience, isn't it? And very educational too. I hope you had a great time. Thanks for sharing this. Keep blogging! :) Jennyxx

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eigroj
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March 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM delete

I saw a couple of warship here but never get the chance to ome inside.. lucky u... love ur post

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March 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM delete

Now reality of not only seeing the warships but of boarding them is realized. Since you were kid, you'd been dreaming these "scary" battleships.

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Sionee
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March 19, 2012 at 9:45 PM delete

ganda ha.. sayang walang picture sa loob.. hahaha I really thought you went to Palwan via this huge vessel waaa kasi nakalagay sa una exploring Palawan.. :D

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violy
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March 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM delete

wow an actual warship! Travelling by water is not my thing I panic pag I'm in a place for so long and I can't see any land! like the way I panic when I'm on a plane.. so far hanggang short travels lang ako by water, and thinking of being in a warship oh my baka himatayin na ako sa stress.. hehe ;)

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March 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM delete

it would've been EXTRA nice if they allowed you to go inside the bridge.

that's totally off limits to civilians *wink*

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March 19, 2012 at 11:06 PM delete

I have seen an airshow/flypass in England for free and also when they practise cos the their camp is just near where I stayed in England. I havent seen one war ship yet but seen miniatures in one of the museums in London. Tnx for the share! Bet you had fun!

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AJ
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March 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM delete

Wow, you've venture to where few men have gone! Got me salivating (salivating talaga!) for more pix and info. :))

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nanardxz
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March 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM delete

galing.. i want to experience boarding on a warship too.. meron kaya ganyan kalaki din sa Pinas? heheh

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gagay
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March 20, 2012 at 5:47 AM delete

gosh! this ship shocked me.. pero teka, nalito ako konti..hehehe..buti nlng may last lines..lol

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markpogi
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March 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM delete

I really wanted to see those kinds of ships upclose and personal. ^_^

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Chilipina
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March 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM delete

my dad is such a fan of ships like this one! matutuwa un kapag nakita niya to. thanks for sharing!

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