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PT PAL Launches Its Second Hospital Ship For Indonesian Navy

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Indonesian state-owned shipyard PT PAL launched the second Sudirohusodo-class ship for the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL), KRI dr. Radjiman Wedyodiningrat (992) at Surabaya, East Java on Monday (Aug. 15). The launch also marked the completion of TNI-AL’s second hospital ship contract which now has three of the type.

“For Indonesia and the Indonesian Navy, the presence of hospital ships is very important. Other than to support maritime military operations and military operations other than war, also for health services that are mobile and can reach all of Indonesia’s territory in the form of an archipelago,” said Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff, Adm. Yudo Margono.

Known in the Indonesian Navy as “kapal ‘Bantu Rumah Sakit’ (BRS)” or Hospital Auxiliary Ship, the first of TNI-AL’s BRS is a former KRI Tanjung Dalpele (972) Landing Platform Dock (LPD) designed and built in South Korea. Launched in September 2003, the ship was converted and redesignated into a hospital ship in 2007. It was also renamed and given a new hull number to KRI dr. Soeharso (990).

The lead ship of Sudirohusodo-class BRS, KRI dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo (991) is PT PAL’s first purposely designed and built hospital ship. Its keel was laid in October 2019 followed by the keel laying of the KRI dr. Radjiman Wedyodiningrat (992) in September 2020. Launched in January 2021, KRI dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo (991) was then commissioned on 14 January 2022.

As with its sister ship, KRI dr. Radjiman Wedyodiningrat (992) has a length of 124 meters, 21.8 meters beam, and a displacement of around 7,300 tonnes. Powered by a pair of 5,420kW diesel engines, it has a top speed of 18 knots, a maximum range of about 10,000 nautical miles (18,520 km), or a 30-day endurance. Aside from being equipped with two landing pads and a helicopter hangar, the ship also carries two ambulance boats onboard.

Each Sudirohusodo-class hospital ship is designed to accommodate up to 643 personnel including 120 crewmembers, 66 medical personnel, and 242 patients of which 159 are bedridden. Both ships have a full range of medical facilities including emergency and surgery rooms, CT-scan and X-ray rooms, quarantine facilities, and more.

While no new deal has yet been finalized, TNI-AL has expressed its intention to acquire another Sudirohusodo-class hospital ship in the near future.

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