JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian Navy remains capable forces after its two warships KRI Teluk Penyu 513 and KRI Teluk Mandar 514 will be decommissioned.
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said the President Joko Widodo administration and the House of Representatives have provided “tremendous political support” to the Indonesian military, including the Navy in the procurement of defense equipment.
“Insya Allah [God willing], the TNI will become very strong in the Southeast Asia region. Our Navy will again be glorious on the oceans,” Prabowo said during a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing Security and Foreign Affairs on Thursday, Jan. 27.
“I have reported to the President, to the Cabinet [ministers], that in 24 months we will have up to 50 warships,” he added.
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Prabowo said the assets of defense equipment must be well-maintained. Meanwhile, KRI Teluk Penyu and KRI Teluk Mandar are 43 years old now. It is natural to put up old assets for sale.
“We have prepared for their replacement,” he said.
The plan to sell KRI Teluk Penyu and KRI Teluk Mandar has been supported by the House of Representatives Commission I during the meeting.
The two South Korean-made vessels were purchased at 121-122 billion rupiahs ($8.43 million – $8.50 million), respectively. Prabowo said that an estimated selling price for KRI Teluk Penyu and KRI Teluk Mandar reaches 4.91 billion rupiahs ($342,233) and 695 million rupiahs ($48,442), respectively.
(Writer: Vitorio Mantalean | Editor: Krisiandi)
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