Indonesia’s advanced stealth warship caught fire

The advanced stealth warship of Indonesian Navy, KRI Klewang-625, caught fire on the afternoon of 28 September 2012 while undergoing maintenance at the naval port in Banyuwangi, East Java. The fire severely damaged the vessel. The Indonesian navy and Swedish PT Lundin are investigating the cause of fire.

As reported in the Jakarta Post, Head of the information division of the Navy’s Eastern Region Armada (Armatim) Command, Lt. Col. Yayan Sugiana said the new vessel was still under the authority of PT Lundin Industry.

“The vessel has yet to be handed over to the Navy in either an official or unofficial capacity. It is still under the responsibility of PT Lundin Industry,” Yayan Sugiana said.

Armatim Commander Rear Admiral Agung Pramono, according to Yayan, had ordered the Banyuwangi Naval Base commander to handle the case and to establish a team to investigate the incident.

“There will be an evaluation made by the Navy that will be informed by the investigation,” Yayan said.

Two fire engine units belonging to the local regency administration and another unit belonging to the state-run oil and gas company PT Pertamina extinguished the fire with the assistance of Navy personnel in rubber boats.

Due to the strong wind, the 25 meter-high flames were difficult to extinguish.


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