- Indonesia has begun training activities for ab initio naval cadets on board a newly commissioned ship
- Platform has significantly improved the service's practical training capacity in line with current modernisation drive
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI–AL) has embarked 119 naval cadets on its recently commissioned training ship. The trainees are currently preparing the platform for its maiden voyage, from Vigo in Spain to Surabaya in Indonesia.
The TNI–AL received delivery and commissioned the new 111 m, three-masted training ship, which has been named KRI Bima Suci , on 12 September at the facilities of Spanish shipbuilder Construcciones Navales Paulino Freire. Bima Suci was launched by the company in October 2016, and will replace the TNI–AL's current 823-ton training barquentine, KRI Dewaruci .
"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 data link to improve communications," said the TNI–AL in a statement on the new vessel's induction.
In addition, Bima Suci features accommodation for up to 120 cadets per training mission – a significant improvement from the 70-trainee capacity of Dewaruci .
According to specifications provided by the TNI–AL, Bima Suci features an overall length of 111.2 m, an overall beam of 13.65 m, and a hull draught of 5.95 m. The ship's tallest mast stands at 49 m from deck level, and the barquentine can fly 26 sails with 3,350 sq m of total sail area.
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