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‘Not a torpedo,’ say Navy experts

PHUKET: A team of experts from the Royal Thai Navy’s Mine Squadron say that the object found on Nai Yang Beach last week is not a torpedo. After inspecting the device this morning, they believe it is a float used to clear mines.

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Thursday 12 October 2017, 04:57PM

Maj Tanchaiyan Tantiamnuoy announced the news after his team of experts from the Mine Squadron of Royal Thai Navy inspected the object, still located on Nai Yang Beach, at 9am today (Oct 12).

“We believe the object is a float used to clear underwater mines,” Maj Tanchaiyan said.

“These floats were used during World War II,” he explained.

“The size of the floats used vary, and this one is very big,” he added.

Maj Tanchaiyan said his team believes the object is an “Oropesa Minsweeping Float” as devised by the British during World War II (click here).


“We are not sure where it came from, but we believe that it is not one used by Thailand,” he said.

“We are very sure that the float is not dangerous,” Maj Tanchaiyan stressed.

“I want to tell people not to panic. We will hand this over to the EOD team from the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command base in Phang Nga to handle,” he added.

“However, the object will be X-rayed to make sure is is safe before the object is moved to a safe area or for further study,” Maj Tanchaiyan said.



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Jor12 | 16 October 2017 - 14:25:36

still looks like a torpedo.

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Rorri_2 | 15 October 2017 - 16:56:02

Proven wrong, now they're just being dumb and dumber.

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Kurt | 15 October 2017 - 16:51:10

Some persons here should google a bit about the sea mine sweeping equipment of Navy Mine sweeping vessels.
Learn more about a float. Don't worry, it is not high tech.

Oh, and as information, these floats were not just used during world war II only, but decades after that as well.

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Eagle | 15 October 2017 - 15:01:09

Prototype for a tear shaped Torpedo. Didn't live up to the expectations and got dumped!

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Jor12 | 15 October 2017 - 13:18:42

still looks like a  Ok then, it is the landing skid from the extra terrestrial ship that visited in 1919, that got stuck in the sand and broke off.

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Rorri_2 | 15 October 2017 - 06:16:32

"looks like a torpedo to me" just goes to show someone just doesn't know what they are talking about, but must add they bit to try and discredit others, if that person new what a torpedo look like they surly would now feel like an idiot, this object is tear shaped, not cigar shaped, it has no characteristics of a torpedo.

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Jor12 | 14 October 2017 - 16:16:50

looks like a torpedo to me

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Rorri_2 | 14 October 2017 - 12:54:45

This "expert" said it looked more like an aircraft fuel tank, than a torpedo, but hey mr nit picker, hope you feel good having a go at someone. The fact is it never looked like a torpedo.

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Eagle | 14 October 2017 - 10:48:14

I remember also one expert commenting here it could be an aircraft fuel tank.

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Rorri_2 | 13 October 2017 - 16:50:37

Well, well, well, like I said... NOT a torpedo, and I'm no expert... but seems I know more than a Thai "expert," and these guys are going to get submarines.

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