Indonesian corvette Sultan Iskandar Muda conducts drills with Italian FREMM Virginio Fasan

According to information published by Defense Studies on August 18, 2022, the Diponegoro class corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda-367 (SIM-367) received an order to carry out an exercise with the Italian FREMM frigate ITS Virginio Fasan along the shipping route from Jeddah to Salalah, Gulf of Aden.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Indonesian Diponegoro class corvette KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda and Italian FREMM frigate Virginio Fasan (Picture source: Italian MoD)

The Sea Joint Activity (SJA) exercise is a training activity at sea involving two or more warships that has been planned, carried out for 2 days (August 14-15, 2022).

This SJA exercise is a form of Indonesian diplomacy, especially defense diplomacy (TNI) with the major countries of the world Europian Union (EU) including with the Italian state which is incorporated in the EU-Naval Force (EUNAVFOR)." said Dansatgas.

The presence of TNI-AL warship elements in the Gulf of Aden (The Most Dangerous Area In The World For Piracy Activity) also shows the importance of Indonesia in participating in maintaining maritime security and world peace.

About the Indonesian corvette

KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda (367) is a Diponegoro-class corvette of the Indonesian Navy. The ship was laid down on 8 May 2006 and launched on 24 November 2007 by Damen Group, Vlissingen. She was commissioned on 18 October 2008.

The Diponegoro-class guided-missile corvettes of the Indonesian Navy are SIGMA 9113 types of the Netherlands-designed Sigma family of modular naval vessels, named after Indonesian Prince Diponegoro. Currently, there are 4 Diponegoro-class corvettes in service.

The corvette has a length of 90.71 m (297 ft 7 in), a beam of 13.02 m (42 ft 9 in), and a draft of 3.60 m (11 ft 10 in). She can reach a top speed of 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph). Displacement 1,692 tons 

The ship is armed with Oto Melara 76 mm gun, two 20 mm Denel GI-2 guns, eight Mistral TETRAL Anti-air missiles, forward & aft, four Exocet MM40 Block III anti-surface vessel missiles, two triple launchers for WASS A244-S mod.3 torpedoes.