- An Indonesian Navy tanker has been taken out of service after a failed replenishment operation
- Incident likely to renew attention on the country’s naval replenishment capabilities
The Indonesian Navy’s (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL’s) sole Rover-class replenishment tanker, KRI Arun (903) is currently listing towards its starboard side after a failed replenishment-at-sea operation.
The incident took place off Ujung, Surabaya on 19 March at about 1830 h local time. According to a TNI-AL source who forwarded the image of Arun to Jane’s after the incident, the 140 m ship started to heel as it was replenishing the multipurpose hospital ship, KRI Dr Soeharso (990).
Arun was subsequently towed back to the Eastern Fleet’s (KOARMATIM’s) Semampir pier at Surabaya in its listed state by two TNI-AL coastal tugboats, TD Anjasmoro and TD Merbabu . No casualties have been reported.
The cause of the incident has not been ascertained, but Jane’s understands that initial indications point to a ballast pump failure on board Arun . The tanker will be temporarily taken out of service in lieu of damage assessments by TNI-AL personnel.
Arun was formerly in service with the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary as RFA Green Rover with pennant number A268. The ship, which was launched in 1968, was transferred over to the TNI-AL in 1992 after a refit. The vessel can replenish ships at sea with fuel, fresh water, and limited dry cargo while under way.
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