Indonesia’s first Type 209/1400 submarine KRI Nagapasa arrives from South Korea

The Indonesian Navy welcomed its first South Korean-built built Type 209/1400 submarine KRI Nagapasa at its naval base in Surabaya on August 28.

Nagapasa arrived to Indonesia from South Korea where it was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) as the country’s first export submarine.

The formal delivery ceremony took place on August 2 in South Korea.

The submarine is the first of three units in its class built under a US$1,1 billion contract signed between DSME and Indonesian defense ministry in 2011. The first two vessels will be built in South Korea while the last vessel will be built by the Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in Surabaya, Indonesia, under a technology transfer program.

Indonesia already operates two smaller Type 209 submarines, Type 209/1300 KRI Cakra and KRI Nanggala, built by German Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft over 30 years ago.

The more modern Nagapasa-class submarines are 61 meters long, displace 1,400 tonnes and are operated by a crew of 40 sailors. The vessel has an operating range of approximately 10,000 nautical miles and reaches a speed of 21 knots while submerged.

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