Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

Key Points

  • The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years
  • The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region

The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will homeport its newly commissioned Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) at the Palu Naval Base in the Watusampu province of Central Sulawesi, a source from the service confirmed with Jane’s on 3 August.

The vessel, which has been named KRI Nagapasa with pennant number 403, was officially handed over to the TNI-AL by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) on 2 August, and commissioned on the same day by the TNI-AL. In attendance at the vessel’s commissioning ceremony, which was held at DSME’s Okpo shipyard on Geoje Island in South Korea, was Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, and TNI-AL chief Admiral Ade Supandi. Nagapasa will come under the establishment of the TNI-AL’s Eastern Fleet (Komando Armada RI Kawasan Timur: KOARMATIM).

Citing TNI-AL and DSME sources, Jane’s first revealed on 27 July that Nagapasa will be handed over on 2 August after a delay of more than four months. DSME originally indicated in March 2016, during Nagapasa ’s launching ceremony that the boat will be handed over in March 2017. The company has since attributed the delays to “the application of upgrades and modification on the submarine” without further elaborating what these modifications are, citing confidentiality concerns.