Indonesia commissions new combat-capable presidential ship


Inauguration of KRI Bung Karno on 01 June 2023. Photo c/o Antara News.

The Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) has inaugurated its new combat capable presidential ship, which was named the KRI Bung Karno (369) on 01 June 2023.

The ship, which was classified as a ""VVIP and Presidential Helicopter-Carrying Guided Missile Corvette" by the TNI-AL, was named after former Indonesian president Sukarno, who was also called Bung Karno (Comrade Karno) during his revolutionary days against Dutch colonial rule.

The inauguration also coincides with the birth month of former Pres. Sukarno, and the birthdate of the Pancasila (Five Principles) of the Indonesia.

The inauguration of the ship was held at the Kolinlami Pier, Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, and was attended by Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Yudo Margono, and TNI-AL KOARMADA I Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Erwin S Aldedharma, as well as former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who is the daughter of former President Sukarno.

The new ship, which was built by Indonesian shipbuilder PT Karimun Anugrah Sejati in Batam, will replace the current presidential ship, the KRI Barakuda (814) which has been in service for 27 years.

The KRI Bung Karno is armed with a 40mm naval gun from Leonardo, as well as two 20mm automatic cannons and two SIMBAD surface-to-air missile launchers for the Mistral short-range air defense system.

The ship is 73 meters long, and has a crew of 45 officers and personnel. It displaces at around 650 tons, and has a maximum speed of 24 knots.

[1] Indonesian Navy KOARMADA I
[2] Indonesia Defense Magazine
[3] Tempo

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