- Indonesia has commissioned a new Spanish-built three-masted training vessel
- Platform will significantly enhance the service’s ab initio practical training capabilities
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has taken delivery of, and commissioned a 111 m training ship in Vigo, Spain.
The three-masted platform, which has been named KRI Bima Suci , was commissioned on 12 September in a ceremony attended by TNI-AL chief Admiral Ade Supandi, and other senior service members.
Bima Suci will eventually replace the service’s 823-tonne training vessel, KRI Dewaruci , which was launched in January 1953 by German shipbuilder HC Stülcken & Sohn.
Bima Suci was launched by Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire in October 2016. According to specifications provided by the TNI-AL, the training platform features an overall length of 111.2 m, an overall beam of 13.65 m, and a hull draught of 5.95 m.
The vessel's tallest mast stands at 49 m from deck level, and the platform can fly 26 sails featuring 3,350 m2 of total sail area.
“Among significant differences between Bima Suci and its predecessor is that the new ship will feature more modern navigation equipment, a desalination plant, and a datalink to improve communications”, said the TNI-AL in a statement on the commissioning.
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