- Indonesia has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel for the country’s maritime security co-ordination agency
- Platform will be the largest ship to be operated by the service, signalling Indonesia’s intention to have a stronger presence in the country’s waters
Indonesian shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine has launched a 110 m offshore patrol vessel (OPV) destined for the country's maritime security co-ordination agency (Badan Koordinasi Keamanan Laut, or BAKAMLA).
The ship will be the largest yet to be operated by the service, and was ordered by the Indonesian government in 2015 with the aim of improving BAKAMLA’s constabulary, and search and rescue (SAR) capabilities, especially in the country's exclusive economic zones (EEZs).
“The launch of this 110 m ship is a historical event for Indonesia. And never again will we be looked down upon by other nations,” said BAKAMLA Chief Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, in a message read out by Commodore Eko Santoso, who represented him at the launch ceremony on 21 November in Batam.
The vessel, which will be known in service as KN Tanjung Datu with pennant number 1101, measures 15.5 m in breadth, and has a standard displacement of 2,400 tonnes. The platform’s hull and superstructure are both made of steel. The OPV is powered by two 5,300hp diesel engines, and can attain a maximum speed of more than 20 kt, and a cruising speed of 15 kt.
The platform can accommodate a total of three rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), one each on the port and starboard sides, and a smaller RHIB at the stern that can be deployed via a small boat recovery system. The vessel also features a flight deck that can support either helicopter or rotor-winged unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations.
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