Royal Thai Navy berhasil menguji penembakkan rudal yang baru saja diakuisisi, yakni Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM). Penembakan ini dilakukan dari HTMS Naresuan, frigate Type 053 buatan China. Penembakan dilakukan selama Latihan CARAT 2015 di 30 Agustus 2015.
The Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) (RIM-162) is a medium-range, surface-to-air missile designed and manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems. The missile is currently in service with the US Navy and some of the 12 NATO Sea Sparrow consortium nations.
ESSM (RIM 162) offers naval combatants reliable self-defence and high fire-power. The missile can be launched from surface ships to destroy threats that include high speed, highly manoeuvring anti-ship cruise missiles, low velocity air threats (LVATs), high-diving threats and surface-based targets. It can also engage attack aircraft, helicopters and ships.