Postcards from Pan-Asia

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Warships aren’t named at random; they’re frequently named for prestigious historical figures or locations. While the meaning behind the names of US or European ships are usually clear to English speakers, the origins of ship names in the navy of an Asian nation takes a bit more explanation.

Each ship listed carries a deep meaning and still follows international naming traditions. Let’s take a closer look at some ships from the upcoming Pan Asian destroyer line


Longjiang, Chinese Tier II Destroyer

Literally "Dragon River." According to Chinese mythology, dragons are water creatures inhabiting rivers, lakes, and seas and symbolize goodness and an emperor's power. A wise dragon can even fly without wings.


Phra Ruang, Thai Tier III Destroyer

The destroyer Phra Ruang was named for the first Thai royal dynasty of the 14th century. The future first king of Thailand, with a name interpreted as "Lord Who Rules Sky" was a vassal of a ruler of the Khmer Empire who refused to pay tribute and won a punitive battle forcing the Khmer monarch to grant him the title of king and his daughter’s hand in marriage. He became the "Sun King with the Power of Indra" while the Thai people attributed the mysterious abilities of a legendary hero, Phra Ruang, to their first king, which gave name to the first Thai royal dynasty.  


Gadjah Mada, Indonesian Tier VII Destroyer

Named in honor of a legendary Indonesian military leader of the 14th century, Gajah Mada started his military career as a royal bodyguard and fought his way up the ranks of the Majapahit Empire. Remembered for his fearlessness in combat and strong strategic mind, Mada made the history books with his unquenchable patriotism and determination to conquer a number of island kingdoms and unite the territory now known as Indonesia under the reign of his king. 


Chung Mu, Korean Tier IX Destroyer

One of the top ships in the tech tree, Chung Mu is the posthumous title of great commanders. It's also associated with great naval commander Yi Sun-sin, who designed some of the first armored ships in the world, and sunk 72 Japanese ships at the Battle of Tanhpo and 200 enemy ships Battle of Noryang. Like Gaja Mada, Yi Sun-sin rose from obscurity in the Korean government to the rank of admiral, before being demoted to a common soldier and re-earning his commander rank. Yi Sun-sin died in combat, remembered as a national hero in Korea.