Indonesian Navy completed delivery of 4th KCR-60M Class Fast Attacking Craft (FAC) named KRI Kerambit with hull number 627 on 25th July. The delivery of the ship was carried out at the warship division dock at Ujung Surabaya. First steel for the vessel was cut by state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL in February 2017, and the vessel was launched in February 2018.
Chief of Navy Staff commented after the ceremony and said that KRI Kerambit will be embarked and operated directly at western Fleet-I of Indonesian Navy.
Indonesian Defense Minister TNI General (Ret.) Ryamizard Ryacudu attended ceremony and he was accompanied by the Chief of Naval Staff (Kasal) Admiral TNI Siwi Sukma Adji and a representative of PT PAL Indonesia.
Ryamizard said that the delivery of the KRI Kerambit-627 was part of the concept of developing defense forces in the country’s defense strategy towards the independence of the defense industry.
He also said that the KRI Kerambit-627 could increase the relative combat power of the Indonesian defense forces.
The KCR-60M class has an overall length of 59.8 m, an overall beam of 8.1 m, and a hull draught of 2.6 m. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M73L diesel engines, the vessel can attain a maximum speed of 28 kt and a maximum range of 2,400 n miles at 20 kt. With its full crew complement of 43, the vessel has an endurance of nine days.
The KCR-60M was originally conceived by Indonesian defence planners as a ‘hit-and-run’ platform that could swiftly deploy guided anti-ship missiles against larger surface combatants, before quickly receding into the archipelagic background.