Indonesian Navy's Frosch I-class landing craft sinks after hull breach

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Indonesian Navy has lost another Frosch I landing craft. (Getty Images)

The Indonesian Navy has lost another Frosch I landing craft. (Getty Images)

An Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) Frosch I (Type 108)-class amphibious landing craft has sunk after experiencing a hull breach.

The 98 m vessel, KRI i, began sending out a distress signal around 8.38 am local time on 14 July about 55 n miles northeast off the Kangean Islands in the Java Sea. It sank about 45 minutes after its first distress call.

The 1,900-tonne vessel had a crew complement of 55 onboard. 54 personnel were rescued by a container ship, KM Tanto Sejahtera , while a remaining crew member was retrieved from the water by passenger and cargo liner, KM Dobonsolo .

All crew members have since been transferred to the Martadinata (SIGMA 10514)-class frigate, KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata , which was dispatched to the area in response to the first distress call from the ill-fated ship.

Teluk Jakarta left Surabaya on 12 July and was on a routine logistics resupply mission to naval bases in eastern Indonesia when the incident struck. The vessel is now submerged on the seabed, about 90 m below the surface.

 

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