Indonesian Ministry of Defence officially launches the two Teluk Bintuni-class tank landing ships

According to information published by Indonesian ministry of Defence, Asfan Jauhari, from this ministry, inaugurated the launch of the two Teluk Bintuni-class tank landing ships for the Indonesian Navy and produced by PT. Bandar Abadi ship builders.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001  Teluk Bintuni-class Teluk Weda 526 and Teluk Wondama 527 (Picture source: Twitter)

The ship launching process is one of the important moments in the ship procurement process, which marks the completion of the construction of the hull structure. The procurement of Tank Transport Vessels (AT) is supported by the 2018 Domestic Loan (PDN) budget and began construction on September 13, 2019.

Teluk Bintuni has a length of 120 metres (393 ft 8 in), a beam measuring 18 metres (59 ft 1 in), and a height of 7.8 metres (25 ft 7 in) with a draft of 3 metres (9 ft 10 in). She has a capacity of 476 passengers, including crew, alongside 10 Leopard main battle tanks and a helicopter. The ship was designed to be able to stay at sea for 20 days. With a crew of 119, consisting of 113 sailors and 6 helicopter crew, she has a displacement of 2,300 tonnes and has a maximum speed of 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph). The ship is armed with light defensive weapons in form of a Bofors 40 mm gun and two 12.7 mm heavy machine guns. The vessel could also carry four LCVP boats, and is equipped with a crane for cargo loading and offloading.

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