The vessel, KRI Rigel (pennant number 933), is the first of two new OSVs ordered from French shipbuilder OCEA SA under a USD100 million contract signed in October 2013.
Rigel was received by the TNI-AL's two Kapitan Pattimura (Parchim I)-class corvettes, KRI Sutanto (377) and KRI Wiratno (379), as it approached Rondo Island near the northern tip of Sumatra.
Besides maritime surveillance and oceanographic equipment, Rigel is also armed with one 20 mm and two 12.7 mm guns. According to specifications provided by OCEA, the 500-tonne OSVs have a top speed of 16 kt and can accommodate 30 crew and six embarked personnel.
The TNI-AL has said that it plans to deploy the OSVs to collect underwater topographical data that will support defence-related tasks, although no specific information on the hydrographic equipment installed has been released.
(PHOTO) Navy personnel awaiting the arrival of KRI Rigel 933 Hydro Oceanographic Ship when entering the Naval Base.
Navy personnel awaiting the arrival of KRI Rigel 933 Hydro Oceanographic Ship when entering the Naval Base.