19 July 2018
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited Thanlyin Station and observed the historic military vessel (Mayu) on Wednesday. Officials explained the salient points of the vessel.
Later, the documentary video on the handing over ceremony of the military vessel where the then Defence Minister General Aung San inspected the Guard of Honour and accepted the vessel from the British Government was screened.
Then, the State Counsellor went on board the vessel and viewed around it. The commemorative gift and the documentary photo of General Aung San during the handing over ceremony were also presented to the State Counsellor.
The Military vessel (Mayu) had been built as River-Class Frigate, and it was originally named as HMS FAL and commissioned as the convey escort duty of the British Royal Navy in July 1943. In May 1947, the British Royal Navy transferred the vessel to Myanmar Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
The first Commanding Officer is Lieutenant Commander Khin Maung Bo. The vessel was named as Mayu to honour the officers and men of Myanma Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who fought against the alliance forces at Mayu river basin in Rakhine State during the Second World War. The Mayu Vessel fought alongside other ships of Myanma Navy and units of Army in various battles during the turbulent years that followed the Independence in 1948. Mayu was involved in the battles at Insein, ThanLyin KyaikKhauk and Pathein in 1948, Kyauk Phyu in 1949 and Mawlamyaing in 1950.
She served her duties on Myanmar Sea and along the coastal areas for many years, and was decided to decommission from service after about 40 years of service by the 262nd Executive Meeting of the Defence Council held in August 1979. Mayu is the historic war vessel and has been preserved as a museum ship at ThanLyin State for the public study.