BELAWAN - The new Dutch-made warship that arrived in Indonesia last Wednesday has been taken into use earlier today when it left for the waters of Batam from the Belawan area. The first operation of the ship was overseen by admiral Sumardjono.
The new warship which carries the name KRI Hasanuddin is a modern corvette with a length of 90 meters and a width of some 11 meters. The ship is stuffed with modern equipment like electronic sensors and the latest choice of weapons like surface-to-air missiles; a cannon and torpedoes.
The head of the information center of the Indonesian Navy, admiral Iskandar Sitompul, said that this ship will be used by the navy to patrol the waters of the sovereign Indonesian republic. Iskandar also told that the navy is to work together with organizations of fishermen to prevent any incidents from happening between them when the navy is protecting the waters.