After finishing of outfitting details and performing successful sea trials, the fourth SIGMA CLASS Corvette, "KRI Frans Kaisiepo", built by Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS), Vlissingen, The Netherlands, was handed-over and commissioned to the Navy of the Republic of Indonesia.
The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Prof. Dr. Juwono Sudarsono, signed the hand-over documents on behalf of the Republic of Indonesia. The commissioning into the Indonesian Navy of the Corvette was done by the Chief of Navy of the Republic of Indonesia, Admiral Tedjo Edhy Purdijanto.
The delivery of the last of four corvettes took place within three years after the effective date of Contract. "KRI Frans Kaisiepo" is 90.7 m long and 13.02 m wide. With two main diesel engines at 8910 kW the vessel can reach 28 knots. The corvette is equipped with a comprehensive combat and communication suit fitted on a spacious platform and a large helicopter deck. It can accommodate 80 persons. As Damen Schelde states the superior propulsion and sea keeping capabilities make the SIGMA class Corvettes perfectly suited for maritime search and patrol operations in the Indonesian territorial waters.
The crew of the "KRI Frans Kaisiepo" will sail back home to Surabaya on April the 11th, after a thorough crew training by the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Hand-over and commissioning of the fourth Indonesian Corvette