Indonesian Navy commissions two new Fani-class MCM vessels

On August 14, the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) received the delivery of two mine countermeasures vessels (MCMV), KRI Pulau Fani (731) dan KRI Pulau Fanildo (732), in a ceremony led by Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Ali, at the 2nd Fleet Command Headquarters in Surabaya, East Java.

Based on the Frankenthal-class, the two Fani-class MCMVs were built by the German shipyard, Abeking & Rasmussen, and delivered from Bremerhaven Port to Surabaya using a heavy load carrier, Combi Dock I.

According to TNI AL, the MCMVs are built by using non-magnetic steel and have their own degaussing system to reduce their magnetic signature, which is critical for mine-hunting missions. Additionally, to minimise acoustic signature, an electric propulsion system is installed on both vessels.

To support their role, both ships are also equipped with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), underwater sonar equipment, and RHIBs. The vessels are fitted with Anschütz new SYNTACS Mine Countermeasure Suite and navigation system.

The MCMV will be put under the command of the 2nd Fleet’s Minesweeper Unit and also be used to sweep Indonesian waters from World War II-era naval mines.

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